i'm thinking of getting a hellebore. does anyone grow them? i see they bloom in february here in ky and are evergreen. how big do they get? are they long lived perennials?
I had mine in Al for over 15 years. I have some here now, the white one didn't bloom this year but the purple ones both did. Here is a picture of one I took yesterday:
Yep, I grow them, Lynn, here in SW Ontario. And even in our extreme weather they grow wonderfully....if they liked where they are planted. Some of my plants are 10 years old. And mine seem to like their home well enough that they self-seed freely. :) The original plants stay where they are planted though...they are not invasive. Mine are planted in rich, humus soil where they get only morning sun and as the season advances, they get over-shaded by larger plants.
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Lynn, I am desperately wanting a couple of helleborus plants this year. I am leaving some money aside for them. They are quite expensive here....not under $40. if not more. I have just the spot for them. There is a shady area in the corner of my lot for shady plants. I think they would be perfect there.
Molly yours is looking good. Why do some bloom and others take so much time?
This was March last year.
it seems to me that the purple color is a more prolific bloomer. i've seen them in cream/pale yellow but they don't look quite as showy. our garden center sells 3 yr old plants for $12.99.
Lynn, you are so lucky to get them for that price. Maybe the ones I was looking at last year were older plants. That's why they were pricey. Maybe they have them in 2 year pots at a better price. Will look and see if I can buy them cheaper and get more this way.
Wonder where Iris got hers. We don't live in the same province, but maybe it's a chain. The cost would be just slightly different.
Stella, the one in the picture, my DD gave to me ten years ago......I don't know where she bought it. But subsequent ones I have acquired, came from garden shows I attended and the cost was about $12-$15. I just bought one from a nursery for $15.....which I thought is quite expensive enough.
As I have said, mine seem to freely self-seed. If you PM me your address, I will send you a seedling once summer actually gets started. I don't know if it would survive, travelling through the mail, but we could try.
Wow Iris! That would be wonderful. I have sent plants in Canada, and they were fine. I would be glad to send you the postage. It's much eastier when we live in the same country.
I don't know about you, but I found plants in Ontario much more reasonable than here in Quebec. I visit garden centers almost from the time they open to the time they close. You would not believe the prices. The only place one can get a decent plant that costs between $15 & $20 is Home Depot or Reno Depot. Nursery prices are high, but one thing I must say, their products are excellent. No more catalogue bying for me.
Yes, I hate to buy plants from the catalogs. They are so small for the price....if they survive the mail. Don't worry about the postage, just let me know you address and as soon as I think they will travel I'll get acouple off to you. The ones I send will be small but at least they won't cost an arm and leg. LOL
I planted one under a maple tree and it's not doing well at all.
Hiker nothing likes growing under a maple tree, the tree is greedy for moisture and food. I had a lovely green one last year but it grew again this year with no bloom.
Stella I wish there was a way to smuggle some to you but for sure if I tried I would fail.
I just took a pic a couple of hours ago. It's still in the camera. Mine is on it's fourth year. I think it's still a small size. I love seeing it after the snow is gone.
Love the little plant. They don't like to be moved & have lots of new plants each year. Mine are blooming right now, beginning to slow down with the warmer weather.
Enjoy, Happy Gardening, StanetteTN
Just one more picture. Happy Gardening, StanetteTN
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