Saturday, March 31, 2007
Lenten Rose (Helleborus x nigercors 'Honeyhill Joy')
Helleborus x nigercors 'Honeyhill Joy'
I am not going to pretend to know a lot about Helleborus, I find them to be a little confusing. I am going to be doing some more reading on them as they are becoming more and more popular, although they have been in cultivation for a long time. Helleborus are a wonderful and colorful addition to the early spring garden. I love them on the edge of the woodland garden and also have some planted in my early spring garden area. One attribute is there are deer resistant which here in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York is a big thing. My collection of a few different types looked a little ratty this spring but after carefully uncovering them and snipping away the old and tattered foliage they are again making come back. In easy winter years they remain evergreen. ‘Honeyhill Joy’ was introduced in 2004 and I think I got it last year. It has been a nice plant. I am a little more partial to the darker types like the ‘Royal Heritage Strain’. I have noticed some different seedlings popping up here and there and am beginning to wonder if they have been hybridizing amongst themselves.
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