If ever the need arises to move your hellebore to a new spot, proceed preferably in spring and extract the largest possible clump, because hellebore doesn’t like being transplanted. Better garden centers should be able to answer questions about the plant’s parentage and the likelihood that it may be true to type. Fortunately, there’s still time to do something about them. Do not grow in excessively wet areas. I like hellebores with a short stem or pedicel at the base of the flower, which causes the flower to face outward rather than down. They are the perfect cure for long winters and cabin fever, heralding spring even before the daffodils. Sign up for a free trial and get access to ALL our regional content, plus the rest Propagation Its foliage stays green all year round and it still is able to offer abundant and plentiful blooming for many long months. Helleborus Orientalis – Certainly one of the most common cultivars, this oriental hellebore is also one of the most varied in terms of colors and shapes. I have had a H.x hybridus for 28 years in zone 5. They are hardy to zone 4, and deer and rabbits ignore them in favor of tastier treats. Zones 4-8 Sorry to go on about me, if you have a protected area that keeps good snow, H.x hybridus and many other species should do fine. Helleborus hyemalis – Also called dwarf hellebore or winter hellebore, it has the special trait of remaining small and produces very cute yellow flowers. But then you get snow and we don't so fair's fair.Our customers ask why they can't find hellebores at their local garden centers in the fall. I enjoy a four-season garden, so I find it particularly rewarding to have blooms that start in late winter and early spring. Exposure Hellebore will grow year after year and you’ll enjoy seeing its cute white, yellow, pink, green, purple or violet flowers as jewels in your garden or terrace. Since hellebores are one of the first flowers to bloom each spring, often even before the snow is melted, we’re all still pretty desperate for some color in our lives. I live in Zone 3b. Exposure They tolerate almost full sun to almost full shade but prefer partial shade. The vigorous and hardy Lenten Rose blooms in the winter and early spring garden before other plants awaken. Don’t plant them in a spot that’s too wet as this encourages rot. Zones: 4 to 9; evergreen in 6 to 9; Bloom time: February-May; Bloom size: 2 to 3 1/2” Height/Spread: 18 to 24” tall and 24” wide; Site: Partial shade, well-draining soil; Characteristics: Low-maintenance, deer-resistant; Hybrid hellebores get their common name, Lenten rose, from the rose-like flowers that appear in early spring around the Christian observance of Lent. Damaged leaves are quickly replaced in late winter to early spring, adding a necessary lift to garden early in the year. For fall planting, allow enough time for roots to grow before the ground freezes. Planting depth I usually don’t recommend searching for named varieties of hellebores because there aren’t many around, and with a keen eye, you can find an unnamed plant that is equal to the one you are looking for. Hellebore is a perennial that blooms very beautifully and that will follow through the winter season until the beginning of spring, most often from November to March and April. Helleborus nigercor – It got its name from the hybridization of its two parents, the hellebore ‘niger’ and the Corsican hellebore. It needs time to settle in. They rapidly self-sow. That they are great shade plants and basically evergreen only adds to their allure. While the rest of the garden sleeps and chill winds blow, this pugnacious evergreen perennial raises stalwart stems into the frosty air, often blooming as early as January, and continuing well into spring. Soil If you have a mild climate (USDA zones 5 to 6 or 0 to -20 degrees minimum), or a protected location, you may wish to try some of the newer hybrids. Hellebores prefer fertile, evenly moist soils in light shade, though they will do well in most soils. They are particularly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost -resistant and many are evergreen. Different varieties of the hellebore plant offer a range of flower colors, from white to black. Since hellebore only flowers after 1 or 2 years, hopefully you’ll get that done quite early so that you’ll savor its bloom without delay. Also of value is their shade tolerance. Keep the plants sufficiently watered.