Perennials – Hellebores
Even though our spring is getting off to a chilly, rainy start, there is a delightful surprise in my garden right now: the Hellebores are in bloom.
They are one of the first perennials to bloom and their bloom season lasts for quite a few weeks. They are incredibly hardy – I don’t think I’ve ever killed one (not that I’d want to). The plants have palmate leaves which stay great-looking all season long. But the very best thing about Hellebores – in my book, at least – is that deer will not eat them. For those of you out there who have to deal with deer on a regular basis, that’s a big deal, isn’t it?
While at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle this February, I took the above photos of the beautiful Hellebores they had on display and for sale. If we had driven over there, you can bet I would’ve been packing several home! But alas, all I could do is admire them and dream of when the Hellebores would be blooming in my garden. One of the cultivars I saw over and over at the show was ‘Pink Frost.’ You’ll notice it in the photo with the label in front but it’s also in the 2nd and 4th photos. Isn’t it a beauty?
Hellebores aren’t too hard to find in local nurseries. I’ve bought some stunning ones at Stanek’s on the South Hill.