All of a sudden hellebores are everywhere I turn. Facebook. Instagram. Magazines. They’ve even recently come up in conversation with a friend. I read about them in a book more than a year ago and honestly didn’t give them a second thought. These flowers seem to be relentlessly trying to get my attention and interest, they have it now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Hellebores are striking and come in a wide range of colors. Also known as the “Lenten Rose” or “Winter Rose,” (with no actual relation to the rose), these perennials bloom anywhere from winter(!!!) to early spring (depending on your growing zone), lending color to your garden when nothing else is flowering.
They should be planted in well-drained but moist soil, and grow well in shady conditions. Hellebores are also deer-resistant. If you have pets or children, beware that all parts of the plant are poisonous. The flowers are stunning in bouquets and arrangements, having a reputation for long-lasting blooms.
The following varieties caught my eye. Do you grow Hellebores? If so, which ones?