Hellebores, or Lenten Roses, typically bloom late winter or very early spring in Zone 4. They are among the very first flowers to bloom, sometimes around the time Lent starts, thus the name Lenten Roses. The foliage is thick and very low to the ground. Flowers are about 2″ wide and the thick foliage is pretty much deer and rabbit resistance which is good, as the foliage tends to stay green year round. When planting, it is important to keep the crown of the plant above ground. If the crown is planted below ground, there is a good chance the plant will die. Once established, hellebores live up to the sleep, creep and leap motto. The first year planted they do very little, the second year they are establishing roots, and the third year and beyond they really start leaping, providing tons of flowers. Plant them close to your house so you can appreciate their beauty. They will bloom even if there is snow on the ground. A few of the Lenten Roses we carried last year are below:
Cascade Picotte Lenten Rose Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery
First Kiss Moondance Lenten Rose Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery
Winter Jewels Black Diamond Lenten Rose Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery
Forst Kiss Pennys Pink Lenten Rose Photo courtesy of Monrovia Nursery
This is the first year we are carrying the Jane Magnolia tree. It is quite similar to the popular Ann Magnolia tree, but there are some differences. The Jane Magnolia tree has larger flowers with more purple-pinkish-white petals whereas the Anne Magnolia flowers have fewer petals and are deep pink. Jane Magnolia blooms in late spring which is a bonus as earlier blooming varieties may have their buds nipped by late frost. Magnolias bloom before foliage appears so you will see a tree in blossom with no leaves to hide the flowers. The leaves are large and deep green in summer, turning to yellow in fall. The growth rate is about a foot a year but I have seen magnolia trees grow much more then a foot per year. Usually this tree produces sporadic blossoms throughout the summer. The tree does best in morning sun and filtered afternoon shade and will grow in just about any type of soil. In spring, when you see the Jane Magnolia tree in bloom and smell the perfume of the flowers, you will be extremely happy you purchased this tree. Please “Google” Jane Magnolia tree and you will see how beautiful this tree is in bloom.
Several varieties of blooming azaleas have arrived. If you have been thinking about getting an azalea now is the time to stop in and purchase one as you can see what the bloom color looks like. Either a single specimen or several planted together will put on show-stopping site in spring. Azaleas generally prefer morning sun and afternoon shade with moist and acidic soil. If your soil is not acidic, we sell a product to help make your soil acidic. Just ask one of our salespersons for help.
Azaleas photo taken 4/26/21 by Trees Today Nursery on their lot