The Winter Rose is a true gift from Mother Nature as they bring joy and delight to the garden during a time of year when there are very few other flowers to admire. Hellebores establish reasonably quickly and with the right amount of care and attention soon form a good solid clump with many stems of gorgeous blooms rising above the foliage from about July through to October.
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Hellebores originate from Europe and Western Asia. They prefer a soil that is moist yet not damp and cloggy. They should not dry out in summer if at all possible. They love a side dressing of lime - probably best aplied just before flowering. They also will thank you for a mulch of well rotted compost or organic matter being aplied after flowering. Any old tired looking leaves can be removed just as the new flower buds apear in June/July. This will make the flowers stand out and give the new leaves the oportunity to emerge.
Hellebores are notoriously promiscuous and will cross pollinate and seed exceptionally well. If you dont want a carpet of these little seedlings then it would be best to remove any spent flower heads towards spring. Any little seedlings that do emerge are quite tenacious once they get their roots into the ground and take a bit of an effort to weed out. Therefore the sooner you deal with them the better. Mind you if you want to fill your garden with Hellebores then this is the easy way to do it!
Hellebores are most effective planted in drifts or massed in the shade of deciduous trees. In NZ they are definitely better with protection from our harsh afternoon sun. Hellebores will grow in full sun but this is not their ideal location and watering in summer becomes essential. Watch for aphids in late spring and summer, they love to hide under the large leaves. The aphids dont seem to do a lot of damage but it is advisable to eliminate them. Slugs and snails can sometimes be a nuisance as well as they like to hide in the middle of the clumps.
At Wairere we often have discussions about plants we cant live without. Most of us have a list that is far too long but all of us would definitely include Hellebores in our top 10!
New Release. This hellebore is just stunning, with masses of deep burgundy red flowers on red stems from winter through to mid spring. This is the first red hellebore with dark green marbled leaves. Forms a compact clump. Plant in full to part shade. Prefers well drained soil. Evergreen. Perennial. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 60cm
Winter Rose single. Stunning new Hellebore. Compact, single cream flowers lovely large yellow centres with deep glossy green foliage. Gorgeous mass planted to brighten even the dullest space. Perennial
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Spring Promise Conny is a clump forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, deeply lobed, dark green leaves. Upright stems bearing bowl shaped, white flowers heavily spotted with maroon will colour your winter and early spring garden. Perennial.
Colour: White / Maroon Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Winter Rose double. These delightful doubles are from Clifton Homestead - a Hellebore specialist from the deep South. The exquisite blooms are round and facing outwards on sturdy stems. Available in white and various shades of pink. Happy in semi-shade in humus rich soil that is well drained. Perennial.
Hellebore foliage is mostly evergreen but the old leaves start to look a bit tatty after awhile. It is usual to cut them off just as the flower buds start to appear.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Elly features well formed double flowers coloured pink with burgundy veins. These spectacular flowers on strong stems are a joy to see during cooler months. Best in semi shaded locations in rich, well drained soil. Protect from full sun. Evergreen perennial.
Colour: Burgundy Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 30cm
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Winter Rose single. Selected for the beautiful winter blooms that are in tones of deepest wine red. Handsome dark green foliage that will form a robust clump. Happiest in semi-shade in well drained humus rich soil. Unbeaten for winter colour. Cut off any untidy foliage just before the new flower buds emerge. Perennial.
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Orientalis selection that has lovely lemon yellow flowers through the winter months. Best planted in a cool shaded area of the garden protected from the afternoon sun. Cut back the old flowers and foliage during the summer. Hardy perennial plant.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Winter Rose single. A selected form of 'Winter Rose' with clean white blooms that nestle just above the dark green foliage on a small compact bushy plant. Flowers from late winter to spring. Plant in semi-shade in humus rich well drained soil for best results. Perennial.
New 2 Us from the latest Ice N Roses collection Ice N Roses Red hellebore will flower tirelessly through winter and well into spring producing gorgeous burgundy red, outward facing blooms, held above the leaf. These will look great providing gorgeous winter colour in your garden or patio containers. Evergreen
The flowers are large, the plant is floriferous and flowers over a long period.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright, clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 100cm