Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Beautiful blooms in the winter

In the month of December, I'd like to share some of my favorite plants that give us beautiful blooms in the colder months.  Just because the weather outside is frightful - nature still gives us something delightful!


Hellebore

No winter garden is complete without hellebore's lovely cup-shaped blooms. It'll be difficult to choose just one variety of this distinctive flower. But no matter the kind and color, each offers beautiful evergreen foliage. You're sure to love hellebore so much, you'll wish it bloomed year-round.
  • Common Names: Hellebore, Christmas rose, Lenten rose.
  • Botanical Name: Helleborus.
  • Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9, depending on cultivar.
  • Bloom Time: Midwinter to spring.
  • Size: 2 inches to 4 feet high, 1 to 3 feet wide.
  • Flowers: Cup-shaped blooms of white, pink, purple, and green.
  • Light Needs: Full to partial shade.
  • Growing Advice: Top with organic matter in spring, then mulch around the plant to retain moisture. An even supply of moisture is important.
  • Prize Picks: Royal Heritage easily blooms for about a while in a mix of colors.