Hellebore Portraits

hellebores in a bowl

Do you grow Hellebores?  If you don’t, you ought to think about it.  The colors and exotic nature of these early spring (even winter) blooming flowers are just the jolt of garden bliss that I need about this time of year.   Though they are stunning, I wouldn’t say they are particularly great for floral arrangements because, like in the garden, their flower faces tend to face the down and to see them well, you would have to be about 4 inches tall.  But if you cut them and float them in a bowl like Rosie 55 you will be able to enjoy their full beauty.

By Rosie 55


images 1 – 12.  Hellebore Portraits 2010 by Rosie 55

Other names to look for in the garden center are Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose — they are all the same.  The plant is easy to grow and will generally be happy in partial shade with well drained but moist soil.

I have planted my own near a low kitchen window where I can sit at my kitchen table and actually see under their nodding heads and enjoy their flowers from the warmth of my home.  If you have a similar place like that great, but if not, perhaps consider potting them up.  I particularly like this arrangement of Hellebores with Carex Buchanii (with a full how to) over at Gardeners World.


For more general information on Hellebores check out Hellebores.org which has probably the most comprehensive information I have seen online.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. DorkyDeb on February 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Those are lovely! I love the photographs too. Nice post! I’ve never grown those before. Can you tell me if they are very fragrant? I have severe allergies and try avoid things that are fragrant or require a great deal of maintenance.

    • rochelle on February 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      deb – in my experience, they are not very fragrant so maybe they woudl work for you!

  2. Sprout on February 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Sweet! Love them floating like that!

    Makes me wish the flower market would carry more varieties – I didn’t know there were so many.

  3. Rachel Mathews on February 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    These are absolutely stunning. What a fabulous idea to float them in a bowl so you actually get to see the flowers!

  4. Dalton Quigley on February 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I love this page and how you organized the blooms. Hellebores ( Lenten Rose ) is one of my favorite plants and I use it on every design where there is shade. I also use Japanese Painted Fern and Heuchera with it. Thanks for putting together this awesome page.

  5. DorkyDeb on February 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the info about the fragrance, I might have to try some of those someday. I really do like the look of them.

    • rochelle on February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Deb – I love your online moniker….Dorkydeb — makes me smile everytime I see it.

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