Hellebore in Bloom Helleborus

Hellebore Helleborus

These are the first bloomers in a winter garden, guaranteed to beat your seasonal bulbs out of the ground by at least a month!  Garden centers are filling shelves with them right now, and while their blooming won’t last much longer this year, a Hellebore purchased now will be sure to surprise you with flowers from mid winter through late spring next year. Go ahead and stock up on these seasonal beauties, and I’ll tell you why you’ll love them come next winter!

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Native To Know: The Oregon Grape Holly

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Originally gaining popularity with New Englanders after the Lewis and Clark expedition brought seeds back from the Pacific Northwest, this little known plant will dazzle you with it’s unusual shape and year round color and interest.

What You’ll Love:

  • Blooms in January! The Mahonia holds on to it’s large clusters of yellow blooms, from January through March or April, adding welcome color to the winter garden.
  • In the summer and fall the former yellow flowers become heavy draping fruit clusters in bright blue and purple hues.
  • This is a great “go anywhere” shrub, thriving in full sun to heavy shade.
  • This plant is almost completely immune to all pest and disease problems, and is one of the top five plants that botanical societies recommend to plant in areas with known Crown Gall infestation, due to its imperviousness to the bacterium.

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