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Winter Blooming Showstoppers!

The flowers of Hellebores are some of the most intriguing of the winter garden. The only downside to the flowers is that their faces look toward the ground (referred to as “nodding flowers”). So, placement is key if you want to be able to enjoy these blooms without getting on the ground and looking up into their face! If you have a retaining wall or a set of stairs with a planting area at eye level or higher, this is the perfect place for Hellebores. This does not mean skip them if you don’t have this type of area though as the leaves of Hellebores are large, deep green and shiny, which adds great texture to a design! Hellebores do not appreciate being in full summer sun in the afternoon so plant them in a place that is in dappled shade in summer for best results. Morning sun is perfect.

At this time of year, you can prune to the ground all the leaves from the last year so that the flowers of this year can show well. This is also the time to buy your Hellebores while they are starting to bloom so you get the flower color you desire. They can sell out quickly. Purchase the largest plant you can afford because they can be a little slow to get established in the garden. Protect from snails, slugs, earwigs and sowbugs.

If you’d like to know more about your winter garden, give Mary a call at 707.545.6863
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