Helle­bores for zone 5 to 6

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

Early spring in and around Toronto and fur­ther south is made ex­tra spe­cial with the ar­rival of the helle­bores or the Len­ten rose. Not ev­ery­one in On­tario is so lucky. This lovely shade plant is ten­der. Most of the hy­brids won’t sur­vive in lo­ca­tions lower than zone 6.

The rose-like flow­ers shyly face down­ward, but lift them up and the view is stun­ning. The petals come in muted shades of red to al­most black with some pinks, whites, greens and pi­co­tees. Some have speck­led petals and oth­ers have con­trast­ing black cen­tres. Some are edged in wine. They are all a treat to win­ter weary eyes.

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