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Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Midwest

Fine Gardening – Issue 179

 

Zones: 48

Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil

Hellebores, a staple of early spring, are adaptable and long-lived. Once established, they perform even in that most difficult of garden conditions—dry shade; and their sturdy leaves are distasteful to deer, rabbits, and slugs. ‘Ivory Prince’ is an especially handsome character throughout the year. In midspring, the reddish-pink buds open into creamy greenish flowers blushed with pink, fading slowly to tan. The floral show lasts 6 to 8 weeks, but this hellebore is further distinguished by its attractive foliage. Its leathery leaves have a silver sheen and are held aloft on burgundy stems—even through the first few frosts.

 

 

Zones: 59

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

‘Ruby Slippers’ is a standout near our visitor center, thriving even with the dappled shade and…

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