Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Helleborus SPRING PROMISE® Garden Hybrids
Imagine 100% of your hellebore stock blooming the first year! Get ready for the incredible impulse sales of these high profit items! Until now, this has never been possible since hellebores are typically grown from seed. Thanks to the incredible hybridizing work done by the folks at Heuger, we have an entire new series of hellebores—all of which bloom the first year—since they are all produced from tissue culture. They are guaranteed to be genetically uniform, high quality plants, the best of their kind.
Unlike the Helleborus GOLD COLLECTION® from Heuger, the SPRING PROMISE® series is a group of H. orientalis hybrids. They bloom later than the H. niger types, typically showing color beginning in late February or early March and lasting about 8-10 weeks. All are excellent garden plants, as they are strong growers that form a healthy clump of lighter green foliage and have strong flower stems. Since all will bloom the first year, they make a fantastic display at retail—color sells!
Hellebores are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. Simply trim back last year's foliage in the spring. They can adapt to almost any growing conditions. Though they prefer rich, moist, organic soil, they will also grow in sandy or clay soil. They can even tolerate short periods of drought. The soil pH can range anywhere from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.
Hellebores are shade plants that need to be protected from the hot afternoon sun. They will grow in full shade under large deciduous trees as long as they receive full sun from winter to spring before the trees get their leaves.
WARNING: Hellebores are poisonous. Do not consume any part of this plant.