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Hellebores & More at Heronswood Nursery: A Reminiscence

Articles: Hellebores & More at Heronswood Nursery: A Reminiscence

A flurry of shopping, with carts full of hellebores, at a Heronswood Nursery Hellebore Garden Open. Photographs by Dan Hinkley
[sidebar]The Lent hellebores are by no means so generally cultivated as their undoubted merit deserves, for at their time of blooming, from the end of February to nearly through March, they are the most important of the flowering plants of their season, both for size and general aspect. They are well suited to some place where wood and garden meet, and are also good at shrubbery edges, for they hold their foliage all the summer and are never unsightly.
Gertrude Jekyll, “Lent Hellebores,” Country Life, 10 March 1923 [/sidebar]
After her nut-walk had been planted for some twelve years, Gertrude Jekyll (the English plantswoman who loosened the strict Victorian bedding out scheme popular in her day for a style more in tune with nature) noted in Wood and Garden (1926) that she had filled “one border from end to end” with a sweep of “Lent Hellebores,” while the other was planted with drifts of “the Corsican and the native kinds.” What she referred to in the romantic terms coined by their r...

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