Hellebores – Plants and Varieties for Sale
The common Hellebore (Helleborus) are in themselves a useful garden plant, but once we start to look at the wonderful H. Orientalis hybrids available for sale in Australia the world of helleborus x hybridus collecting begins to open up.
For many years growers have been hybridising the common hellebore and now we have flowers ranging from white to a slate black and all shades in between. (see picture right)
Flower forms also differ, did you know that you can buy double hellebores, and Picottee flower forms. White flowers spotted with pink, pink flowers spotted with red the list of varieties offered for sale online is almost endless.
Any flowers in Winter are welcome of course, and when July has turned to August we have hellebores as well as wattles, Epacris (native heath) in pink and white; yellow, perfumed Mahonia and camellias to enrich our gardens.
Purple, white or yellow Crocus and glistening white snowdrops (Galanthus) complete the picture. Hellebores have dangling cup-shaped flowers which invite one to reach down and look inside.
The outside of the sepals (which look like petals: the true petals are reduced to nectaries within the flower) may be rich pink while the inside may be paler, sometimes spotted, within. Dark nectaries can make the flower even more fascinating.
The pink, plum and white varieties are known as Helleborus x hybridus and incorrectly as Oriental varieties because there are genes from H. torquatus and others in the parentage of these varieties, not just H. orientalis which is greenish-white in the wild.
H. x hybridus vary from green, white, pink to purple and plum-black. Yellow ones are occasionally available and grey-blue and spotted ones are irresistable. Old varieties may have green through the flower. Hellebore specimen plants can grow well in pots and with a little cutting back of old foliage during winter they are easy to maintain.More Winter Flowering Plants
Hellebore Species and varieties
These new colorful flowering hellebores brighten the winter months and with the ability to grow in shade to part shade, hellebores are a wonderful versatile plant.
Hellebores are a native to areas of Europe and were believed to have medicinal attributes they all prefer a humus rich well drained soil.
Species available for sale in Australia include : Helleborus x Hybridus, H. Orientalis, Double Hellebores, H. Corsicus, H. Viridis, H. Foetidus, H. Argutifolis, White Helleborus, H. Odorus. Hellebores can also be grown from seed.
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Hellebore Plants are available for sale online from the following nurseries
PO Box 744, Woodend, Victoria, 3442.
Specialist Hellebore nursery in the Macedon Ranges. Quality hand pollinated Helleborus x hybridus & good range of less common species. "Mail order Hellebores available May to August. Hellebore Sale days in July and August"
357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
Guaranteed "garden worthy" bulbs, plants and perennials. Visit the website to browse our large range of daffodils or request the latest free catalogue.
400 Huon Rd South Hobart TAS 7004
Cool climate bulbs for the collector and the gardener. Wide range of crocus, cyclamen, galanthus and fritillaria in Australia
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
862 Midland Highway Mount Rowan Vic 3352
We offer over 245 varieties of Fuchsia, tubestock, pots, baskets and standards. Mail order specialists. Open 7 days by appointment.
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
"Guaranteed mail order flowering bulbs, perennials, roses, trees, landscaping plants, garden accessories and community fundraising Austra lia-wide."
Large range of Perennial and Border Plants including bulbs. Also Vegetable and Berry Fruits plants including, Blueberries, Currants, Raspberries and Strawberries. Rhubarb, Seed Potatoes and many other edible plants for the home garden. Visit the web site for online ordering and catalogue:
P O Box 398 Creswick Vic 3363
Retail & Mail Order Specialist Growers of Heritage Roses, Unusual Perennials, Tree & Herbaceous Peonies. Mail order and Nursery Sales.
Postal: PO BOX 336, SILVAN VIC 3795
Large range of Bulbs and Perennials for the garden.
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.