Friday, April 15, 2011

The Perfect Perennial?

We were just talking today about these particular plants and I said, "These are the perfect perennial!" Check out some of the traits of this plant:

  • Winter hardy

  • Evergreen foliage

  • Deer resistant

  • Very early Spring bloom

  • Groovy seed pods

What plants am I referring to, you might ask? Helleborus x ericsmithii. These are hybrids from a famous English breeder from Hadspen Garden. YUP, you guessed it, Eric Smith. We find here at Mohonk that the foliage really holds up all winter and this hybrid has a particularly long bloom season. What a pleasure to find the white flowers jumping out of the leaf litter on a rainy, cold spring day. Hope you enjoy them too, our perfect perennial.

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