3. See our 17 favorite hellebore cultivars. The best way to see the flowers. Purchasing named varieties of Hellebores has always been a difficult task for gardeners. These flowers remain attractive u… 2 star nectar and pollen rating per Garden Plants for Honey Bees. Their exquisite bowl- or saucer-shape flowers in white (often speckled), pinks, yellows, or maroon remain on the plant for several months, even after the petals have fallen. Also of value is their shade tolerance. REC, Lower Eastern Shore Our hellebores will offer a multitude of vibrant flowers over the course of a long, colorful blooming period and are excellent for bouquets and floral arrangements. Locate the area of your flower garden or yard where you want to plant your Hellebores. Dead heading is not needed: Hellebores flower petals continue throughout the summer and are quite ornamental. Helleborus niger has also been crossed with Helleborus x sternii resulting in Helleborus x ericsmithii (aka: Helleborus x nigristern), named for the late UK plant breeder of hosta fame, Eric Smith. Hellebores are often found native in alkaline soils, but adapt without a blink to acid woodland soils. Helleborus lividus and Helleborus x sternii are some of the first seed to sprout, followed by Helleborus foetidus, then Helleborus x hybridus. Another of Ashwood's creations is Helleborus x belcheri, which are crosses of Helleborus niger x Helleborus thibetanus. The Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) can bloom in December in zone 7 or warmer but rarely blooms until spring in colder climates. If you keep your plants in containers, be aware they are very heavy consumers of water when actively growing in the fall and spring months, but not when they go into a non-active growth state during the heat of summer. These were developed at Englands' Ashwood Nursery. Olympicus is. In fall, the flowering stalks emerge, opening from October to around the first of the year with 1' tall spikes of green bell-like flowers. For further reference on hellebores, we recommend the following books:The Gardeners Guide to Growing Hellebores by Graham Rice and Elizabeth Strangman (Timber Press)Hellebores by Brian Matthew (Alpine Garden Society, UK)Hellebores, A Comprehensive Guide by Cole Burrell and Judith Tyler (Timber Press), Check out our video: Hellebore (Lenten Rose) Production at Plant Delights Nursery. Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Ellen White Spotted' is a beautiful double-flowered Hellebore with pendant or outward-facing, cup-shaped, white, frilled flowers adorned with rose-pink flecks. Our customers ask why they can't find hellebores at their local garden centers in the fall. cv. Our hellebore open house and garden days are usually held in late February/early March in conjunction with our friends at Pine Knot Nursery in Virginia. by Saffyre Falkenberg. How to Prune Hellebores. These flowers remain attractive until early spring. When do they bloom? Helleborus foetidus, as you may have guessed, exudes not very pleasant aroma, but from this its multiple flowers of unusual pale green color do not lose their appeal. Fortunately, it is a prolific seeder and once your plant of Helleborus foetidus sets seed, you should never be without this gem again. I am also a big fan of the caulescent (stemmed) species. The flowers of Lenten Rose last a very long time in the garden, but the foliage needs a bit of TLC to keep the plant looking tidy. This accounts for the seeming longevity (up to 3 months) of the hellebore "flowers". Helleborus croaticus has very cute small flowers and some forms of Helleborus multifidus have narrow leaves that warrant growing it even if it didn't flower. HYBRID CULTIVARS: The very dark-petalled varieties, with purple, magenta or blue-black colouring on the petals, are highly treasured. So I find it better to see what you’re buying before investing in these pricey pretties.