Just when you think Winter is never going to end, the spirit-lifting flowers of Hellebore burst into bloom. This fantastic, easy-care perennial develops lovely buttercup-shaped flowers in shades of white, cream, green, pink, red and bi-color. Hellebore, occasionally called Lenten or Christmas rose because of its bloom season, grows about 18 inches tall and has gorgeous dark green, leathery leaves that retain their colour all year long, although they may turn brown in severely cold winters. Because it’s an early bloomer, Hellebore is a great partner for Spring-flowering bulbs such as narcissus and tulips. Hellebore is also deer and rabbit resistant.
Grow Hellebore in a shady spot with moist, well-drained soil. Once established, Hellebore tolerates drought well, but still appreciates a mulch of shredded leaves or compost to maintain soil moisture and fertility. This long-lived plant typically doesn’t need to be divided. Just plant and enjoy!