Floating Hellebore Flowers Small

March Feature Plant: Hellebore

Hellebores (Hellborus) are commonly known as Easter Rose or Lenten Rose given their blooms are an early springtime staple in gardens in Coastal BC.  The toothed-green leaves are leathery and some can stay evergreen through a mild winter.  Damaged leaves are quickly replaced in late winter to early spring adding a necessary lift to garden this early in the year.

Hellebore blooms come in variety of colours including green, white, yellow, red, black, and many variations of pink and purple.  Double blooms or single, spotted or freckle-free, the best way to show off the flowers is to float them in a bowl of water.

In the garden the flower heads hang upside-down where their true beauty cannot be completely appreciated.

To propagate, divide the clumps after flowering, in early spring or late summer.  Hellebores can be grown from seed and will self-seed but do not come true to type.  With so much variety out there it’s quite fun to grow your own seedlings be surprised at what will pop up.

More information on Hellebores can be found at Hellebores.org.

For 2012 I will be featuring a different plant of the 15th of each month for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  I have done more than a year of posting for #GBBD and as it’s not greatly different than in previous year’s at the same time it will allow me to show off some great blooms and favourite plants.



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Shelley@2jacs
    Shelley@2jacsMarch 15,12

    These blooms are so gorgeous! Love them floating like that…beautiful!

  2. A Few Pennies
    A Few PenniesMarch 15,12

    Lovely plants and pretty blooms–this makes me want more flowers in the garden. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Shirley @ The Gardening Life
    Shirley @ The Gardening LifeMarch 16,12

    They are truly beautiful! What a great idea to float them to show their “faces”! I’ve never seen one like the third last above. Is it rated a zone 4 or higher?

  4. Stevie
    StevieMarch 16,12

    Hi Shirley, I can’t say for sure what hardiness those show will tolerate, but I’m in zone 7-8 and they grow perfectly here. I would check your local nursery for varietals that are hardy in your area. There is some discussion on Hellebores and Zone 4 that you might find helpful here: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hellebore/msg0212312718602.html

    Stevie

  5. Mimi
    MimiMarch 17,12

    As a florist, I know that helebores do not last long as cut flowers, but your post gave me the idea of arranging them as potted flowers in either baskets or boxes. No one should miss these beauties.

  6. lissa
    lissaMarch 18,12

    I wanted some for my shade garden. I have been lusting after them for a few months now. I didn’t have the seeds and I winter sowed so much I won’t have room now boo.

  7. Sherry
    SherryMarch 22,12

    These are beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

  8. Heather @ new house new home new life
    Heather @ new house new home new lifeMay 15,13

    They are gorgeous! Visiting from The Impatient Gardener.

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