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Flowers Through The Winter?

Flowers Through The Winter?

You can grow that!

Last winter my Gold Collection hellebores came into flower in December and continued flowering to mid-March. When they weren’t covered by snow, they made me smile every time I went in my kitchen door. The Gold Collection Helleborus niger, aka Christmas rose, typically start flowering in early December. The hybrids in this collection are bred for vigor and upward facing flowers.

Hellebores grow best in part-shade or full shade…mine are planted where they receive a couple of hours of morning sun all summer but little direct sun in the winter when the sun is low. Since this perennial blooms in the winter you’ll want to plant it in places where you’ll see it at this time of year.

Hellebores have attractive foliage during the summer, so they are truly an asset in the garden all year. But the main reason to plant them is for the smiles they will bring every time the snow melts and you see their upturned, white or pinkish-white blossoms. Flowers through the winter? You can grow that.

We recently got in several pots of Gold Collection hellebores. They are loaded with buds...I just might have to take one of these home!

This is a young Gold Collection Helleborus plant in my garden, still blooming in March of 2011! It's beginning to bud again, and since the plant is now more mature and larger I can hardly wait to see it bloom this winter.

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