This time of year it is pretty hard to find anything in bloom when it averages 35° in the greenhouses. But on my walk last week I found a few beauties.

Winter Jewels™ Series Helleborus 'Cherry Blossom'
Winter Jewels™ Series Helleborus ‘Cherry Blossom’
Winter Jewels™ Series Helleborus 'Black Diamond'
Winter Jewels™ Series Helleborus ‘Black Diamond’

Helleborus are an early spring bloomer, we see them blooming in the outdoors here in Michigan usually in late March. Helleborus prefer to be planted in part shade to shade locations. They are a drought tolerant plant, whose evergreen leaves are not very appealing to the deer and rabbit population!  Helleborus are a great cut flower to put in a vase or to float in a bowl.  Plant in mass, as a boarder to add great early color appeal to your garden.

Hellebores are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. Simply trim back last year’s foliage in the spring. They can adapt to almost any growing conditions. Though they prefer rich, moist, organic soil, they will also grow in sandy or clay soil. They can even tolerate short periods of drought. The soil pH can range anywhere from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. Hellebores are shade plants that need to be protected from the hot afternoon sun. They will grow in full shade under large deciduous trees as long as they receive full sun from winter to spring before the trees get their leaves. To increase the number of hellebores in your garden, mulch them heavily in the fall. The new seedlings will grow in this mulch come spring and can then be transplanted elsewhere in the garden. WARNING: Hellebores are poisonous. Do not consume any part of the plant!

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