Hellebores have come to be of particular interest recently as harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose.
Two of the three 'Pink Parachutes' Hellebores planted during a past season have sprung up in the garden this year. Very strong, pencil-width stems carry loads of huge 3¾” flowers from early through mid-spring. The blooms are bright pink with a fine spray of tiny dark pink to wine colored spots on all of the petals. Most flowers have soft blush pink backs, but others have nicely contrasting white backs, lending a two-tone look to the blooms.
A new addition this spring is ‘Mango Magic’, a rare color strain for hellebores. Like the flesh of a ripe mango, the flowers range in color from mango yellow to apricot with rose speckling and veining. This especially floriferous strain typically produces 50-60, large 2-3” blossoms on mature four year old plants. Like all WINTER THRILLERS™ hellebores, it has beautiful dark green, bushy foliage that looks great all year. It will grow to a height of 18-22' with a spread of 24", in part to full shade in neutral to alkaline soil. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed. (Note: Not native to North America)
Time to get planting, lake flies or no lake flies...