Celebrating 40 years of growing strong!

 Sabo's Woodside Nursery  

& Garden Center, Inc.

Monday - Saturday:  9 - 5:30

Sunday: Closed

Call 440-466-9523

7800 North Ridge Road E, Madison OH 44057
phone: 440-466-9523   

Old foliage is flattened by the snow; good time to prune. 
This double one (above) is called Pink Ballerina and is paired in my garden with a near black double. 
Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' was one of the first varieties to exhibit upturned flowers, rather than the common nodding form. This was a turning point in hellebore  hybridization. We now have upright flowers and colors ranging from near black to white, pinks from pastel to deep rose, yellows and even more doubles to temp me. 
Heavenly Hellebores

If you have seen my video on Facebook, thanks for watching. And thanks to my husband, garden partner and camera man Ron. 

Things to know: Hellebores love the shade. They are heavy feeders, so be sure to fertilize, especially in the fall because they bloom (depending on  the variety) from November through April. How awesome is that! They thrive on the north side of my house and under trees. Most grow between 12 to 18" tall and about as wide, making nice bushy clusters. 

The variety pictured above is Josef Lempert, which consistently blooms in my Madison garden from Thanksgiving through Easter, and sometimes even longer. Its become hard to find, but I have a lead on one with a similar bloom habit. Keep you posted. 

FYI -  I use Jack's Bloom Booster in my garden. From veggies to perennials, to annuals and hanging baskets. 

They are evergreen, but old foliage should be trimmed off in late winter as new growth starts. This is the easiest time to do it as the old foliage has been flattened to the ground and the fresh new growth is upright and perky. As shown in the image to the left.  It doesn't hurt them if you don't, but it keeps the garden neat and photogenic. 

The deer do not eat them. Plus they are great greens for a bouquet. I admit they are a bit pricey, ($20 for a 1 gallon pot is a deal) but an incredible value as they are long lived and fill a very special niche in the garden. 

I have several dozen in my collection and will add more images (and probably plants) as they bloom or as I find them. 
Hellebores do not mind the cold and snow. I like to go out on Ground Hog Day and gently knock the snow off to count flower buds. 
Check out this cluster above and below, laughing at winter. We should do the same. 
The showy part of the bloom is actually bracts (modified leaves) that surround the true  flower. The bracts remain attractive well into the summer as the blooms  go to seed.  When planted is a proper location you should find clusters of seedings in a few years.