Several varieties of hellebores make excellent container plants. These varieties have less extensive root systems. One wonderful perk about growing hellebores is that the plants do not need to be dug up and divided every few years. Instead, once they are quite at home in the garden, they will continue to bloom year after year without a lot of fuss and hassle. Country gardeners in particular enjoy planting hellebores since their large green leaves are not the least bit appetizing to deer.
In the arboretum, the hellebore plants are located in the wildflower garden as it blooms at about the same time as the Hepaticas in the early spring.
Read about them and see if you might consider planting some in your garden next season to have early spring surprises blooming in the future.
My favorite remains the Christmas rose, even though in Iowa it doesn’t usually bloom for Christmas. If in a sheltered spot during a mild winter its blossoms may arch up through the snow to remind us of the Christmas spirit in our hearts.
Marilyn Kutzli is a retired school teacher who wrote a newspaper column for many years and now lives at Prairie Hills Senior living. At 90 years of age, she still enjoys writing.