Thursday, February 24, 2011

WHAT'S IN BLOOM - Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis
You will find this gem in our Perennial Border.  In late winter when there is little color in the garden, this evergreen plant unfurls its rosy mauve blooms to add a beautiful focal point.  It grows only about a foot tall, but its blooms lasts for weeks.  Here at the Arboretum, this plant gets a little more sun that is usually recommended, but still it thrives.  Once established it is drought tolerant.  Ideally it is good for shade gardens.  For more information about growing this in you own garden, click here.