The genus Helleborus covers a group of perennial plants from Europe and Asia. Virtually all are garden worthy, though the caulescent (stemless) hybrids have become the most popular forms found in gardens. These perennials are vigorous growers and abundant bloomers in rich, alluring colors like deep red-wine, cherry-blossom pink, to soft, creamy lime and pure, snow white. They are undemanding when provided with just a little shade and well-drained soil. Stories about Lenten Roses are countless. In medieval times, it was considered a weapon against witches, madness and evil spirits. Lenten Roses deserves a place in every garden, not only because of their supposed power but because they bloom for a long time, early in winter, when the weather is cool and most other flowers are still dormant. They like moist loamy soil with lime and leaf mold. We like them as ground covers for deciduous shrubs, conifers, or broad-leafed evergreens, and when possible plant them in an elevated spot to admire their nodding flowers. Hellebore prefer partial shade and are hardy in zones 4-8. A beautiful selection with fantastic foliage that heralds spring with hot pink-veined leaves held on purple petioles. Purple buds open to pink and chartreuse flowers that deepen as they mature. Summer foliage has bright emerald green veining. Exceptionally long blooming. Naturalizes beautifully in woodland gardens.
Aristocrats of the woodland garden are native to Europe and western Asia. Hellebores are a great shade perennial for the Northwest garden. They’re hardy, easy to grow, boast gorgeous glossy leaves.