and delicate. Maybe that's why they have been
given a second name - Lenten Roses.
According to Barry Glick, owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens, "No matter where you live, whether you make your home in the snowy American Heartland, warm subtropical Florida, the frozen mountains of Maine, sunny southern California, or the moist Pacific Northwest, you can grow flowers like these in your own backyard. Even if you believe that you're cursed with a "Black Thumb", you will succeed. That's how easy they are. Not only will they grace your table with beautiful cut flowers, they'll provide color in your landscape at a time when there virtually is none. And....they're such long lived perennials that they'll still be thriving when they plant you in the ground"
This all sounds too good to be true, but I personally know gardeners who attest to the claims Barry makes regarding these little beauties. Not only are they beautiful, but they essentially require little care once planted.
Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), originally from the Caucasus mountains, bloom during the Christian celebration of Lent, hence the name. To me, the most amazing fact is that they bloom in late winter - March through May, when very few other flowees can take the frigid temperatures.The shiny foliage of the plant creates a wonderful ground cover during the non-blooming months. Needless to say, these will be on my shopping list for spring planting.
Imagine having six acres of these beautiful flowers in your backyard.
Sunshine Farm and Gardens has a great sale on mature plants and will ship.
Image Sources - Southern Living Sunshine Farm Website