Growing Hellebores in the Shade Garden

Hellebores are an early blooming perennial found in a variety of colors. You’ll find a few being white, white with pink edges, chartreuse, or deep red-purple, though there a many, many more beautiful variations. Not only do hellebores come in different colors but some varieties are bred to bloom at different times. Hellebores give you the enjoyment of sequential blooms beginning mid- to late winter into spring. With a large variety of flower colors and a long-lasting bloom, hellebores are a great choice for adding color and character to a semi-shaded part of the garden.

Growing hellebores is easy with a few planting considerations. Soils that are nutrient rich and that stay consistently moist, but not wet, will have hellebores growing deep roots and flowering with ease. Though tolerant of many soil types, hellebores will benefit when planted in soil mixed with compost, leaf mold, or old manure. Be sure not to bury the crown of the plant when planting and mulching.

Other than being easy to grow, hellebores are deer resistant and evergreen – this is an incredibly versatile plant.  Tolerant of poor soil, drought, heat, humidity and, of course, cold, it’s hard to deny this low-maintenance perennial a space in the garden.