Virtues: We love Gold Collection Hellebores for their beautiful outward-facing, long-lasting blooms that fill homes and gardens with an abundance of elegant color in the long, cold months of winter and early spring.
Common name: Gold Collection Hellebores
Botanical name: Helleborus Gold Collection (Often abbreviated to HGC). Varieties include ‘Jacob’, ‘Josef Lemper’, ‘Silvermoon’, ‘Cinnamon Snow’, ‘Pink Frost’, ‘Green Corsican’ and ‘Camelot’ (shown). (Read about each selection at helleborus. us.)
Flowers: Blooming from November to April—depending on variety—these charming blossoms have stunning, continuous blooms, typically lasting 2 to 4 months. Colors range from creamy white, light greens and soft blush to robust, deep pinks.
Foliage: Every variety of the Gold Collection Hellebores will offer an assortment of foliage color, thickness and shape. However, each selection is sure to be full of lush, rich color creating the perfect backdrop for the lovely flowers.
Habit: HGC typically can grow 9 to 24 inches in height with a 21- to 27-inch spread. Exact size and shape will depend on the variety.
Season: With their long-lived blooms, Gold Collection Hellebores have an abundance of winter and spring interest. Their evergreen leaves provide year-round texture and color.
How to grow Gold Collection Hellebores: Gold Collection hellebores are perfect as groundcovers in the shady border or planted for a pop of color in seasonal containers. These striking, deer-resistant perennials are most successful when planted in moist, well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. They thrive in part to full shade, with regular watering. Make sure to plant them where they won’t be struck by harsh winter winds. You can apply mulch in summer to help lock in moisture. If grown indoors, make sure to place them in a bright location away from any heat source. USDA Zones 4–9.
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