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A Cheerful Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter Borders, Spring Borders


Bringing color before most plants have ventured a leaf above ground, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. But rather than let these charming beauties bloom lonesomely in a bare patch, give them companion plants and layer your plantings for maximum drama. When combined with the golden-yellow cup-shaped blooms of Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) and the dainty nodding white blossoms of Galanthus (Snowdrops), they all add sparkles in the winter or early spring garden, when most plants are still dormant, and bring huge amounts of optimism and great joy.

All plants are low maintenance and deer resistant.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 3A, 3B
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eranthis - Winter Aconites Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hamamelis - Witch Hazels Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores


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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Eranthis - Winter Aconites Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hamamelis - Witch Hazels Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores


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