Garden Talk (2023): It’s Almost Spring!

It seems we’re all waiting for Spring to come, at least I am. There are so many reasons why I love Spring. Warmer weather and less rain being the first one, blooming flowers, Spring planting and because Summer comes next after Spring.

I haven’t been giving my garden TLC for the past couple of months. It is really in bad shape, but I am not surprised at all. I do not do any Winter planting so the garden always remains bare and messy during Winter. I did a first round of cleanup last month just to remove dry leaves and stems. There’s more work to do to prepare it for Spring planting.

I planted some perennial plants last year and I am excited to see which ones of them will come back again, I got my answer this week when I walked past the garden.

Hellebores are the first to come out

  • Common name: Hybrid Lenten rose
  • Zones: 4 to 9; evergreen in 6 to 9
  • Bloom time: February-May
  • Bloom size: 2 to 3 1/2”
  • Height/Spread: 18 to 24” tall and 24” wide
  • Site: Partial shade, well-draining soil
  • Characteristics: Low-maintenance, deer-resistant

Hellebores Planting & Caring Tips

  • Many gardeners like to plant hellebore flowers on a hillside or in raised flower beds to better enjoy their downward-facing blooms. See an excellent example of this planting strategy: A Winter Jewel Box
  • When transplanting hellebores directly from their nursery containers, be sure to shake off the potting mix and free up any bound roots. 
  • Be careful not to plant your hellebores too deeply as this can hinder flower production. Make sure the crown of the plant is just slightly buried beneath the soil. 
  • Plant with companions such as snowdropscrocus, muscari, daffodilsphloxtrillium and bleeding heart
  • Hellebores contain toxins that are harmful to pets and humans, so keep them out of reach. See more Common Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats.


Hellebores comes in different variety of size and colors. I bought 2 of these, one with white flowers and the other a purplish color. I planted these 2 temporarily in these location on the ground. The plan was to move it to a container come Spring. This plant tends to bend and touch the ground and so I thought it is best to plant it in the container where it could freely hang. Not sure if it is a good idea to transplant it now that it is flowering. I’ll probably wait for it to end and then I’ll transfer it.

I was attracted how pretty the flowers are, they look very nice clustered together. Plus, they are easy to grow and they come back year after year. Perineal plants are great. They come back every year, they require less care and they are budget friendly. Buy once and they grow several years. I like to have a mix of annual and perennial in my garden for continuity of bloom.

I bought this last year from a nursery in Steveston Village, my favorite hangout place during Summer. I took my chance and hoped that they will indeed come back again this year and next years to come.

Anyway, here they are. They look pretty. I’ll leave them here as it doesn’t seem to be a good cut flower to put on vase.

Thanks for stopping bye. Until the next bloom! Bye 💐🌺🌸🌼.

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4 replies »

  1. Great post! I love the idea of planting hellebores with companion plants such as snowdrops and daffodils. Do you have any other favorite companion plants that you like to pair with hellebores? That’s a great question! I love pairing hellebores with other shade-loving plants such as ferns, hostas, and heucheras. They all seem to complement each other well and create a beautiful, textured garden bed. Thanks for asking!

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