PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Hellebore ‘Sunshine Mix’ (Helleborus x hybridus)

This one is easy. Hellebores are a must-have for the winter garden here in the PNW. Big, dramatic, tropical looking, evergreen leaves look cool all year long. In late winter, like now, they start blooming and will typically continue blooming for up to 8 weeks. They are kind of like the starting gun for the race into spring.

In general, Hellebores can flower in white, green, yellow, pink, wine red, and all sorts of purples. The plant only gets about a foot tall with the blooms rising above the low growing foliage on sturdy stems. Most varieties bloom with the flowers nodding downward though there are a few that lift their faces toward the sky.

They will spread indefinitely into a colony. It happens slowly so you can easily dig out the edges and start new colonies elsewhere every few years. Hellebores like full shade to 1/2 day of sun. They thrive in a well watered and well tended garden and once established, they are drought tolerant and care free.

Our Hellebores are just starting to open and the first few are a luscious deep wine reddish purple. Yum! Each pot will be different with potential colors ranging from pinks to purples, maybe some yellows, and all manner of blended combos.