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Lessons from the Northwest Perrenial Alliance Borders: Hellebores

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Late winter in the NPA Borders: the colorful stems of willows and dogwoods underplanted with yellow narcissus and deeply colored garden hybrid hellebores (Helleborus 5 hybridus). Photographs by Lynne Harrison
More than fifteen years since its inception, the extensive Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, designed, installed, and maintained by volunteers from the Northwest Perennial Alliance, have matured into one of the region’s most exciting horticultural landmarks, with something to offer the visitor in any season. Midwinter can be quiet, except for the colored twigs of willows and dogwoods, but late winter and early spring burst forth with an abundance of hellebores. In this first in an occasional series of articles on what the volunteers have learned from their years in the Borders, one of the early designers and a continuing volunteer leader reports on their successes with garden hybrid hellebores.
Among the great successes in the Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden have been the garden hybrid hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus). Of all the species we have tried, these do best for us in beds wher...

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