Heavenly Hellebores

Commonly called Lenten Rose:

Obviously because they bloom during the season of Lent! These rugged plants surprise me with their ability to withstand abuse. Today there has been some dramatic weather. Rain and snow are par for the course, but the wind and hail, even while the sun was shining, made for a more interesting effect.

When there was a break, I looked outside and noticed the Hellebores were standing up to it all like champs.

I decided that while they are at their peak bloom time I should cut a few to bring in the house and float in a bowl to display them. Their nodding heads, while lovely in the landscape, don’t really show off the beauty of their blossoms.

I use a white, shallow bowl that does not compete with their deep colors and delicate markings.

I am smitten with them today! Their delicate beauty is the perfect compliment to the toughness of this plant, as it stands up to wind, rain, hail and snow, and takes it all in stride! March weather is very unpredictable here in the mountain community of Tehachapi, but nevertheless, we have some plants that can not only survive, but thrive.

About the Author

Anna Smth

Terre Verte Landscape Design began in 2003 while Master Gardener Anna Smith was the staff horticulturist for Kern Counties only botanical garden, Mourning Cloak Ranch. Read More

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