Growing Hellebores in the Shade Garden

Hellebores are early blooming evergreen perennials that grow best in the shade garden.


The attraction of hellebores is the wonderful variety of blooms. You’ll discover varieties with solid white flowers, white with pink edges, chartreuse, or deep red-purple, though there a 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 with some varieties starting their bloom in late fall, and other varieties starting in early spring. With a large variety of flower colors and a long-lasting bloom, hellebores are a great choice for adding winter season color and character to a semi-shaded part of the garden.


Growing hellebores is easy with a few planting considerations.


Plant in an area where it will receive part shade during the summer months. An ideal spot could be near a deciduous tree or shrub where it will receive full sun in the winter.


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.


Though they are tolerant of dry soils, hellebores will appreciate moisture during dry times. They are not suited for areas in the garden where water can pool as they will rot. Well-draining soil is a must.

A Great All Around Flowering Perennial Plant

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 cold, it’s hard to deny this low-maintenance perennial a space in the garden.