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Kevin’s Hellebore Collection – FineGardening


I’m Kevin Kelly, and I’m a gardener on a suburban property in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b). I’ve been gardening here for 25 years since we had the house built on a vacant lot. My wife is the cheerleader but otherwise has no interest in our outside space other than to remind me that I am buying too many plants. Today I wanted to focus on some of the many hellebore (Helleborus species and hybrids, zones 4–9) that shape the landscape. I love them because they are deer proof and bring much-needed color in March and April. I hope you enjoy a few from my collection.

This looks like one of the newer sterile hellebore hybrids (perhaps the Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ variety, Zones 4–9) that has an exaggerated abundance of flowers.

warm copper-colored helleboreA warm copper-colored flower with delicate spots of darker colors in the throat.

pale pink helleboreThis pale pink hellebore looks so delicate it’s hard to believe it’s one of the most durable perennials you can grow. She laughs at deer and cold temperatures.

light yellow helleboreHellebore flowers reward those who take the time to enjoy their details up close, as does this soft, pale yellow bloom that is painted with purple in the heart.

double pink helleboreA double pink with layers of additional petals.

Flower with ruffled white petalsWhat an incredible bloom with layer after layer of ruffled white petals!

Hellebore white with purple spotsWhite with purple spots is a classic hellebore pattern. It’s found on some of the very first hybrids that became prevalent and is still just as beautiful and enjoyable in the garden.

Hellebore planted in a containerA hellebore laden with flowers reveals itself in a container. Growing these perennials in containers is a great way to lift them to a place where you can enjoy their flowers up close.

Hellebore flower in the sunlightA hellebore flower that is backlit by the sun.

The sun shines on a hellebore flowerOf course, Kevin is not only a great gardener but also a photographer! I like the way the veins seem to glow on the leaves in this picture with the sunlight behind them.

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