Hellebores That Go the Extra Mile

As many of you know, I’m always looking for striking plants that provide month after month of color – not just from lovely flowers, but also as a result of captivating leaves, seed heads, bark, or form. Spring blooming Hellebores have risen to incredible popularity due to their lovely flowers, deer and rabbit resistance, and drought tolerance. But what if jazzy leaves were also part of the attraction? Hellebores have large leathery leaves that can be a focal point three seasons of the year, especially if the leaves display fascinating mottling or other variegation. The Frostkiss series of Hellebores not only have dazzling foliage, but also outward facing flowers. A few on my ‘must buy list’ are ‘Glenda’s Gloss’ (pictured) and ‘Anna’s Red’. I have been growing ‘Molly’s White’ for years. Hellebores like part shade to shade. Those in the Frostkiss series are hardy on Zones 5- 8 and range in height from 18”-24”.