A Hellebore Sampler III

helmaestro (300x297)Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Maestro’ (syn. ‘COSEH 890’) – This cross of H. lividus and Helleborus niger was bred by Joseph Heuger and features dusty rose buds that open to ivory-white blooms which fade to a clear rose-pink. It is a clone with reliably evergreen foliage and attractive red-tinted stems. Grows 12 to 15″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

hellelly (292x300)Helleborus x hybridus ‘SP Elly’ – A spectacular Lenten Rose with fringed double blooms of rosy-pink with darker wine coloured spots or veining. It is a part of the Spring Promise Series that flowers from late winter into spring over a long period of time. These plants are cloned (blooms will be identical) and are deer resistant. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helicebreakercorsica (297x300)Helleborus x nigercors ‘HGC Ice Breaker Corsica’ – This hardy cross of Christmas Rose (H. niger) and Helleborus corsicus features large outward facing white-fading-to-green flowers (accented with yellow stamens), even on young plants. The foliage is reliably evergreen with serrated bluish-green leaves. Blooms late winter into spring. Grows 12-18″ high by 24″ wide. Z4.

helmerlin3 (300x299)Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Merlin’ (syn. ‘COSEH 810’) – An impressive newer introduction with ivory-white to pale pink blooms that emerge from cranberry coloured buds and fade to much the same hue. These are nicely contrasted by deep green foliage held on reddish stems. Like most hellebores, they are deer resistant. Grows 13″ high by 15-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helmontecristo (300x287)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC Monte Cristo’ (syn. ‘COSEH 860’) – This compact evergreen hellebore features spectacular bluish-grey serrated foliage and it blooms heavily at a very young age. The greenish-white flowers have a hint of dusty pink on the reverse and overall, it is a nice balance of blooms and foliage. Grows 12″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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