Thursday, February 15, 2007

Winter wonder in the form of the Helleborus

I'm just astounded at the hardiness of these plants. Nothing seems to get them down. These are two varieties planted at two different times, one the Helleborus Argutifolius, which is often said to be prized for mainly it's foliage, which I love, but man, just look at these glow-in-the-dark chartreuse flowers! The other more commonly found is the H. x sternii, which has great folliage too, thought not as elegant, and the classic rose-tinted blooms. I am not quite as enamored with them as they are a but too feminine for my garden, but at this time of year I'll take anything I can get, and they look great tucked in with the ferns, heuchera, clivia, the new lotus and a giant blue-toned echeveria