The Hellebores are Blooming!

Actually, they have been blooming for at least 3 weeks now. And no, it isn’t because they are in the greenhouse. One of the common names for Hellebore is ‘Lenten Rose’ because they bloom during Lent. The two new series we are carrying this season are Winter Thrillers, bred for exceptional vigor and large 3-4’ flowers, and Wedding Party, bred for vigor and richly colored, double flowers. As the plants become established in your garden, the flower numbers increase to up to 40 blooms per plant by the 4th year.

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I have really been wowed by the range in colors and the size of the blooms. The only problem is that there are so many colors and I only have so much room in my garden.

Here are some of the other perennials bringing spring color to the table(or the greenhouse). Bergenia, Pulmonaria and Viola.

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Other updates in the greenhouse include:

Combo tubs were planted in record time thanks to the 4500 lbs of soil that Spencer and Hayden shoveled into all the tubs that didn’t fit in the pot filler.

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Rex Begonias are here and planted. FYI, these can become houseplants at the end of summer. They are so pretty, why would you want to throw them out?


Our first batch of bare root perennials has been planted. In fact, we are working on the second batch now.


Any guesses on what plant that is?

See you next time! 🙂




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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.