March 4th, 2013
Garden

Give ’em hellebores

© of the WSJ

The snow has melted and the days are slightly warmer which gives me hope that spring will soon be here. As much as I hate weeding and mundane garden maintenance, by this time of year I am yearning to be out in the dirt, no matter the task.

Thankfully, there are some early bloomers, and my all-time-favorite is the hellebore. Hellebores are relatively unknown in the U.S., so I was surprised and delighted when the WSJ did a piece on them recently. A shade loving plant, they are also frost and deer resistant, and come back every year. I especially love their waxy petals and somewhat unusual, non-garish, colors– the hellebore is from the buttercup family, another favorite of mine.

In Arabic, Helibar means “remedy against madness”, and that’s good enough for me.

© of the WSJ

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  • I’m going to see if they’ll grow in Los Angeles. I have a lot of shade and am never happy with the shade plant varieties. These are gorgeous!

    KathyMarch 4th, 2013  10:13 AM

     
  • what beautiful flowers. I have had lilies in my windows ever since you posted on flowers and how they keep one’s mood up in winter. They really are mood changers. I speak Arabic and never knew the meaning of the word helibar (my name is Arabic and it means hope). Thanx for posting.

    AmelMarch 4th, 2013  11:57 AM

     
  • Oh,such a need right now .Can’t wait till warm day will come .

    AnnaMarch 4th, 2013  1:17 PM

     
  • I have Hellebores in my garden and adore them. They last forever and have an antique quality to them. Their colors are fabulous! They are especially beautiful as underplantings to small dogwood varieties and growing amidst ferns, lily of the valley, and hosta. The older I get, the more I appreciate a large shade garden.

    PaulineMarch 5th, 2013  2:20 AM

     

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