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Spring Jewels for the Shady Texas Garden

Hellebore 'Confetti Cake'
‘Confetti Cake’ Wedding Party series. 2.5-3 inch white blooms with burgundy speckling concentrated toward the center of the petals. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens.

Originally published January 2016.

Shade gardening in Texas can be a struggle due to our stifling summer temps. Gardeners have to find plants that can take the heat (but not direct sun) and still perform like a champ. Hellebores have long been a garden favorite all over the country, and have been gaining popularity in Texas in recent years. The Dallas Arboretum has trialed various Hellebores in the gardens for years and found them to be very vigorous growers in the DFW area. NHG strives to find the latest fall or spring blooming varieties so you can add to your collection, and trust us–once you see these new beauties, you won’t be able to resist.

Helleborus 'Maid of Honor'
‘Maid of Honor’ Wedding Party series. 2-3 inch blooms that range from light to dark pink. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens.

The ‘Wedding Party’ and ‘Honeymoon’ series are new to the retail market, and we’re excited to have varieties from both series! The Wedding Party varieties are single-flowered and have varying shades of apricot, black, mauve, white, yellow and pink blooms while the Honeymoon varieties have stunning double blooms in similar shades.

Helleborus 'Spanish Flare'
‘Spanish Flare’ Honeymoon series. 3 inch blooms of light yellow with maroon flares around the center of the flower. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens.

Both series grow to 18”-24” tall at maturity, and both series bloom in late winter to early spring. Hellebores pair perfectly with Camellias in your shade garden; both need similar care and offer evergreen foliage with beautiful flowers from fall to spring. Quantities are limited and varieties sell out quickly, so come in to NHG soon to select the perfect perennials for your shady garden.

‘Rome in Red’ Honeymoon series. 3-4 inch blooms of rich maroon to wine red flowers. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens.

By Sandi Holmes-Schwedler, NHG Senior Buyer



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