A Hellebore Sampler IV

helpennyspink (300x296)Helleborus x ‘Penny’s Pink’ (syn. ‘ABCRD01’) – A 2012 introduction which is listed as a Rodney Davey Marbled Group but is likely a cross of Helleborus x hybridus and Helleborus x ballardiae. It is a clone and bears 3″ wide pink flowers contrasted by yellow stamens. The evergreen foliage is marbled in silver and flushes with pink highlights. Grows 18-24″ high by 24″. Zone 4.

helspsally (300x297)Helleborus x hybridus ‘SP Sally’ – True yellows are rare in hellebores and these 3 ” wide clear yellow blooms are not prone to fading with age – they are generally borne from late February into March. This tissue-cultured introduction from Heuger’s Gold Collection generally blooms in its first year and is deer resistant. Grows 24″ high by 24 to 30″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helredsapphire (292x300)Helleborus x hybridus ‘Red Sapphire’ – A part of Terra Nova’s Winter Jewels series which was bred by Marietta O’Byrne of Oregon. It bears fully double violet-red flowers with petals that are thinly outlined in a deep burgundy. This Lenten Rose blooms for about six weeks from late winter into early spring. Deer resistant. Grows 18″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helspconny (300x294)Helleborus x hybridus ‘SP Conny’ – Another of the Heuger Spring Promise series with long-lived creamy-white single blooms that are generously spotted in burgundy-red. This cultivar is tissue-cultured so you can count on a consistent flower display, usually starting in late February. Prune old foliage on established plants when the flower buds emerge. Grows 18″ high by 24″. Zone 5.

helplatinumrose2 (299x300)Helleborus x ballardiae ‘Platinum Rose’ – A Heuger hybrid with outward facing deep rose buds that open to creamy-white blooms which fade to a striking rose-pink. The silvery-grey to bluish-grey foliage compliments the flowers nicely and is held on reddish stems. ‘Platinum Rose’ is reliably evergreen and works well in containers. Grows 12-18″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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