Friday, March 2, 2012
Stinking Helebores and Lenten Roses
They had an article on Helleborus foetidus, the "stinking hellebore." Every year I post about mine....I just can't help it...and this article made me decide to do it one more time. H. foetidus is a wonderful plant which blooms in the winter. I giggle because they always caution that you MUST plant them in the shade....well, look at this one which grows in the full sun in the middle of my yard.
I was once told by a plantsman, I can't remember if it was Pierre Bennerup or Bob Iiames who told me that they grow on mountain sides on rocky scarps...in the full sun.
I must admit that I am seduced by the new varieties of Lenten Roses, Helleborus niger. This one is Dark Prince ...also snapped in my garden today as I dodged the thunderstorms.
I've decided, however, that I won't buy any more of these dark beauties....I have three....because they just don't show up against the dark soil.