Hellebore-Deer Proof Perennials
Colorful, with great features and modern appeal, Hellebore are quickly becoming America's top favorite deer resistant plant for shade perennial gardening. This member of the Ranunculus family is a very long-lived perennial that has proven to be 100% deer resistant across the entire US.
Hellebores are often considered the harbingers of spring. They begin blooming in late winter and continue through the spring season making them a most desirable garden plant! Once more, Hellebores retain their charm for the rest of the garden season as flowers dry eloquently on the plant and attractive green foliage retains its great looks. (Remove spent flowers to prevent unwanted seedlings)
Hellebores large leaves remain evergreen in most parts of the country. A shade loving perennial that is preferential to any reasonable good soil that is not too dry or waterlogged. They grow 20" tall and 24" wide and are hardy to Zone 4-8. Hellebores have few pests or diseases.
How to Plant/Grow Hellebore
Hellebores are deeply divided evergreen leaves that are grown from thick rootstock. Flowers are usually nodding and last for 8-10 weeks. Hellebores can be grown in part shade to full shade. They are generally quite happy in slightly neutral to acidic soils in well-drained soil, but will thrive in many different environments. Once established, they are amazingly drought tolerant. The large leaves remain evergreen in most parts of the country; unsightly leaves in the spring can be pruned off to make way for fresh growth. The best time to divide hellebores is in late summer or fall.
Although Hellebores will grow in a wide range of soil they perform their best in a soil where organic matter has been added. Organic matter can be compost, rotted manure, composted leaves, or peat moss. When planting hellebores make sure the crown is just covered by the soil. If planted too deeply, it will inhibit their flower production. Water in well, but do not over water.
New and Improved Strains - A must have!
Winter ThrillerTM Hellebores is a serious of Hellebore known its color range, plant vigor, and excellent garden plant performance. This strain was developed by Chris Hansen, who has spent well over 20 years breeding this wonderful deer proof shade plant. His goal is to produce highly vigorous plants with giant 3-4" perfectly rounded flowers in pure color strains.
Fluffy Ruffles boasts large, 3" fully double flowers. This vigorous double flowering strain comes in a multitude of colors and is sure to dazzle your winter garden designs
Chris began his Hellebore breeding program while living in hot & humid South Carolina. He ruthlessly destroys any plants which lack vigor or "flower power", thus creating the strong and exceptionally colorful new Winter ThrillerTM Hellebore series!
Over 10 Weeks of Giant 3-4" Flowers
Every pure color strain was bred for an abundance of giant flowers which often reach 3-4" in diameter. Hellebores begin their flower show in late winter/early spring and continue blooming over a 10 week period. A little known fact is that they make superb cut flowers and create a colorful centerpiece floating on water. Chris strives for rich, deep color saturation along with extreme garden vigor in his new Winter ThrillerTM Hellebores.
Best Deer-Proof Shade Plant EVER!
Chris can personally attest to the extreme deer-resistance of Hellebores. Each year, while living in South Carolina, Chris would be visited by dozens of deer. They would walk thru his entire garden eating everything in sight, including Hostas and Hydrangeas. However, they never touched a single Hellebore plant during that ten year period!
Hellebore Key Benefits!
- True color strains of giant 3-4" flowers
- Over 150 blooms per mature plant
- Long flowering time of 10+ weeks
- Extreme garden vigor
- America's #1 Deer Proof Shade Plant
- Thrive in heavy clay or sand
- Covers a broad hardiness zone from 4-9
- Evergreen foliage makes superb groundcover
Garden Design with Hellebore Use Hellebore as a ground cover (plant in large groupings)
- Use Hellebores in combination with narrow foliage perennials such as Carex or Hakonechloa
- Use Hellebore as an underplanting beneath taller Shrubs
- Hellebore is a great ‘separator' placed between strong competing colors in the landscape