Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials

More Garden Darkness

by National Gardening Association Editors


Black leaves aren’t the only means of bringing a dusky note into your garden. Some plants have flowers of such a deep color as to appear almost black. One such beauty is the Black Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’), a new release from that purveyor of the unusual, Heronswood Nursery.

With nodding, double blossoms of dark purple-black, these unusual perennials add a unique note to the early springtime garden palette. Even the foliage starts out a dappled purple, changing to green as the season progresses. Low maintenance hellebores are a great choice for the woodland garden, thriving in dappled shade and moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. They rarely need dividing, are usually not bothered by pests or disease- even deer pass them by.

Hardy in Zones 5-8, ‘Onyx Odyssey’ grows 14” tall and 24” wide and blooms from February through April, depending on your climate.

For more information on ‘Black Onyx’ Lenten Rose, go to: Heronswood Nursery .

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