A Hellebore Sampler

helspringcharm (285x300)Helleborus x hybridus SPRING ‘Charm’ – Although this cloned cultivar is sometimes represented as being a pale rose colour, the plants I have seen available are a deeper purplish-pink with lighter edges (often tinted green) and intricate darker veining. As with all Lenten Roses, SPRING ‘Charm’ will thrive in open shade or a morning sun exposure. Grows 18″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 5.

helicebreakerpico2 (292x300)Helleborus x nigercors ‘Ice Breaker Pico’ (syn. ‘Coseh 840’) – This cross of Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) and Corsican Hellebore (H. argutifolius or corsicus) bears abundant cream flowers with a tint of green (and a blush reverse), even on young specimens. These are nicely contrasted by serrated greyish-green foliage. Grows 12″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helrubyglow (288x300)Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Ruby Glow’ – This evergreen Hellebore blooms from late February through to April with ivory to light pink flowers that fade to a striking bronze-red as they mature. The outward facing blooms are also borne well above the dark green foliage, which is lightly serrated. Grows well in containers. Deer resistant. Reaches 12″ high by 18″ wide at maturity. Zone 6.

helspringmorning (296x300)Helleborus x hybridus SPRING ‘Morning’ – Another of the Spring Series Hellebores with highly attractive fully double blooms of lime green with fine bronze-pink edges and accented by greenish-yellow stamens. This cloned cultivar looks great when paired with Purple Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’). Deer resistant. Grows 16-18″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

helspringvelvet (289x300)Helleborus x hybridus SPRING ‘Velvet’ – This tissue-cultured Lenten Rose is well worth looking for with its unique anemone form flowers of speckled lavender-pink and some green highlights on the ruffled center. The old foliage can be cut back at the time of blooming to tidy up the overall display. Another member of the SPRING Series. Grows 18″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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