(Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose)
Hellebores have become an incredibly popular perennial in the past few years due to their unique bloom time and the very low maintenance required for these winter blooming, evergreen perennials.
Hellebores thrive in rich, well drained soil. They are excellent for bringing color to garden borders, under deciduous trees, or between other shrubs. They can handle full shade locations, but perform best if given a few hours of morning sun. Once established they are very drought tolerant and can be grown with great success in hardiness zones 4-8. Our region falls under the hardiness zone 6b (colder northern & western suburbs) to 7a (mainly south and east of Washington D.C.).
This wonderful winter gem starts blooming in late December or early January and can bloom through May and into June. They bloom in a vast array of colors including: reds, pinks, whites, greens, purples and even some grey and black blooms.
The deer won’t bother these winter bloomers either and they’ll reach a height of 12-18” with a similar spread. Although they are evergreen it’s a good idea to remove the old tattered foliage each spring after blooming to allow the new foliage to put on a show.