A Winter Beauty: The Lenten Rose

by Amanda

Few evergreen plants bring such color and unique blooms to the garden as the Lenten Rose. Also known by its common name Helleborus, the colorful, rose-like flowers illuminate the garden when it seems almost impossible – In the late winter months! Shade-loving and versatile, this easy-to-grow perennial is quickly becoming more popular in all regions and we are not surprised.

Lenten Roses prefer indirect sunlight, thriving in areas with half sun/half shade all the way to full shade. These early-blooming beauties also prefer moist soil. They are an evergreen plant in warmer climates, so if you live in a heavy winter area, you may want to pot your Lenten Roses and bring them in a protected place during the coldest months.

Many gardeners plant Helleborus in pots on shady patios or windowboxes. The plants usually stay around 12" in height and the stunning flowers start in the late winter and often last for months, so be sure to plant them where you can enjoy the blooms on a daily basis! If you are planting in the garden, try pairing with shade-loving foliage plants such as Hostas and Ferns.

We carry two different Lenten Rose mixtures that burst into a rainbow of blooms in the late winter months and into the spring. The glossy, evergreen leaves offset the single and double rose-like blooms wonderfully. This spring, try planting our Lenten Rose Mix or Lenten Rose Brandywine. Both of these varieties come to you as small plants and will grow significantly in their first season, bringing gorgeous blooms to your early garden next winter.

Happy Gardening!

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