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A Treasured Winter Border Idea with Hellebores, Sedge and Dogwood

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter Borders, Spring Borders


Create splendid winter combinations like this one. Choose easy-to-grow evergreen plants that will add texture and color to the garden from fall to spring. Combine the narrow arching creamy-yellow leaves of Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (Sedge) with the exceptionally dark foliage of Euphorbia 'Blackbird' (Spurge) or the glistening purple black stems of Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Tatarian Dogwood). Interplant the pretty blooms of Christmas Roses (Hellebores).

Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. Ranked by some as amongst the top 10 high-performance perennials, these harbingers of spring are tough, cold-hardy, deer or rabbit resistant and easy to grow perennials. Most Hellebores enjoy an evergreen foliage which remains handsome year-round and provides multiseason interest. 

This simple but striking partnership is easy to re-create and will please all onlookers. As an added bonus, it is deer resistant. Enjoy!

Garden Information

Hardiness 6 – 7
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 3A, 3B
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Euphorbia - Spurges 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 6 – 7
Heat Zones 7 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam
Soil Ph Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage , Prairie and Meadow , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Carex - Sedges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Cornus - Dogwoods Great Plant Combination Ideas with Euphorbia - Spurges Great Plant Combination Ideas with Helleborus - Hellebores


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Helleborus niger 'HGC Jacob' (Christmas Rose)
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