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Hellebores in the Garden Today

Posted in hellebores, my garden, New Plants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2018 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

 ‘Anna’s Red’, a new addition to the FrostKiss™ hellebore family.

All my customers have been commenting that their hellebores are spectacular this year.  Mine are too, and I thought it would be fun to show you photos of hellebores in my garden today. 

Although I have hundreds of hellebores in bloom, I have limited the photos to hellebores that will be available for sale at the Carolyn’s Shade Gardens open house sale this Saturday, April 14, from 10 am to 3 pm.  If you can’t come on Saturday, I still have appointments available on Friday, April 13, on the hour and half hour from 10:30 to 5—just email me, carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com, your top three choices, and I will confirm.

Nursery News:  Our first open house sale featuring hellebores, early spring-blooming shade plants, and native plants is this Saturday, April 14,  from 10 am to 3 pm.

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and cell number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

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First up, the FrostKiss™ outward-facing hellebores, including ‘Anna’s Red’ above:

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‘Dorothy’s Dawn’, another 2018 addition to the FrostKiss™ line of hellebores, has beautiful flowers, but what I really love is….

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….the leaves, which, like all FrostKiss™ foliage, lasts all winter into spring.

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FrostKiss™ ‘Penny’s Pink’ has been around for four years and thrives in my garden.

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The flowers of FrostKiss™ ‘Molly’s White’ are prolific and lovely, but the best attribute of this hellebore is ….

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Other outward-facing hellebores:

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‘Pink Frost’ is a lovely hellebore, shorter than the FrostKiss™ hellbores and perfect for a smaller garden or space.

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‘Spring Party’ is also shorter and smaller, but blooms later and has beautiful marbled leaves that last through the winter.

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For unusual colors and double flowers, you can’t beat “Lenten Roses”, the standard hybrid hellebores and my personal favorites:

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‘Wedding Bells’ is part of the Wedding Party™ series, a vigorous and well-selected group of double hellebores.  White hellebores really stand out in the garden.

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Another Wedding Party™ series hellebore, ‘Flower Girl’.

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The Winter Jewels® series of double hellebores is also spectacular:

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‘Harlequin Gem’ has a lighter interior with dark purple-black outer petals.

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‘Golden Lotus’, a double yellow hellebore, is prominently featured in my yellow hellebore collection.

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‘Onyx Odyssey’, a blue-black selection, is outstanding.

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‘Peppermint Ice’, along my front walk, catches everyone’s eye.

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The Honeymoon™ series of single hellebores is also quite beautiful:

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‘New York Night’ is amazing, look for it around back by the deck.

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‘Spanish Flare’ is another prominent feature of my yellow hellebore collection.

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If you are local, I hope you can stop by on Saturday and see all these lovely hellebores in person in my garden.  For all my far flung readers, enjoy the photos!

Carolyn

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Hellebores Part 6: Double Hellebores

Posted in hellebores, winter interest with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by Carolyn @ Carolyns Shade Gardens

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens is a retail nursery located in Bryn Mawr, PA, specializing in showy, colorful, and unusual plants for shade.  The only plants that we ship are snowdrops and miniature hostas.  For catalogues and announcements of events, please send your full name, location, and phone number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  Click here to get to the home page of our website for catalogues and information about our nursery and to subscribe to our blog.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Peppermint Ice’ in my garden.

Hybrid hellebores are the most commonly available hellebores with the large, showy, nodding flowers in an amazing range of colors (click here and here to see photos).  In my article An Ode to Seed Strain Hellebores, I explained my fascination with the diversity found in hybrid helleboresI also love them because their leaves are evergreen, deer don’t eat them, and they are easy to grow in sun or shade.  They bloom from February often into May with dozens of very large colorful flowers.  My biggest clump produces over a hundred blooms per season.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Golden Lotus’ in my garden.

But right now I am especially fond of them because they look pristine through extreme heat, extended drought, torrential rains, and brutal winters–the weather conditions we have experienced in the mid-Atlantic U.S. for the last couple of years.  You have to love a plant that wasn’t watered during the record-breaking heat and drought of the summer of 2010 and thrived.  That’s what mine did. 

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Sparkling Diamond’

My nursery customers are very interested in double-flowered hellebores, and although I usually prefer single flowers, I love double hellebores too.  They are so graceful and showy that  they really stand out in my gardens, eliciting questions and comments every time I give a tour.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Onyx Odyssey’

However, until recently, I was reluctant to sell double hellebores unless they were in bloom.  I didn’t want my customers spending a lot of money on these expensive plants, and double hellebores are pricey, only to find they were singles a year or two later when they bloomed.  I myself fell victim to this when I “grew on” a flat of 72 supposedly double hellebores only to find that, when they bloomed three years later, 6 of them were actually double and the rest were single.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Harlequin Gem’

One way to avoid this is by purchasing a double hellebore that is propagated by tissue culture.  However, as I explained in my previous post, then you have the same cookie cutter hellebore that everyone else has.  I prefer seed strain hellebores developed by a knowledgeable breeder to produce reliably double flowers within a defined color range.  This is what Marietta O’Byrne at Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, OR, has accomplished with her Winter Jewels™ strain of double hellebores.  Winter Jewels™ hellebores produce beautifully formed double flowers in the color range promised but with the exciting diversity of a seed strain, making each gorgeous bloom slightly different.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Jade Tiger’: this photo shows the variation of flowers for ‘Jade Tiger’, which is green with varying highlights.

I grow ‘Onyx Odyssey’, ‘Peppermint Ice’, and ‘Golden Lotus’ in my gardens and have been very pleased with their flowers.  I was also pleasantly surprised when they bloomed at a very young age on tiny plants added to my garden last fall.  For more information about and photos of Winter Jewels™ hellebores, visit the Terra Nova Nursery website and view their entry on each cultivar.  Unless indicated, the photos in this post are courtesy of Terra Nova Nursery.

Helleborus Winter Jewels™ ‘Peppermint Ice’ in my garden.

If you are a local customer of my nursery, see Nursery Happenings below for details about purchasing double hellebores.

Carolyn

This is part of a series of articles on hellebores, one of the specialties of my nursery.  Here are links to the other articles:

Part One        Hellebores for Fall

Part Two       An Ode to Seed Strain Hellebores

Part Three   Christmas Rose: The Perfect Hellebore

Part Four      Dividing Hybrid Hellebores

Part Five       The Sex Lives of Hellebores

Part Six          Double Hellebores

Part Seven   Cutting Back Hellebores

Notes: Every word that appears in orange on my blog is a link that you can click for more information.  If you want to return to my blog’s homepage to access the sidebar information (catalogues, previous articles, etc.), click here.

Nursery Happenings: I am sold out of the double hellebores pictured above.  If you still want to view the hellebore offer, click here.  My first fall open house sale will be Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 2pm.

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