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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

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Two double hellebores: New for 2010 from Hayloft Plants

Posted by Graham Rice on 23 Nov 2009 at 07:35 PM

Helleborus Winter Jewels® 'Onyx Odyssey' - New from Hayloft Plants. Image: ©Terra Nova NurseriesThe first double flowered hellebores were developed in Kent and in Germany but the best currently available are probably the Winter Jewels® Series developed across the Atlantic in Oregon. And two of these, ‘Golden Lotus' and ‘Onyx Odyssey', are now available to order here in Britain. (Cick on the pictures to enlarge them.)

‘Onyx Odyssey' features double flowers ranging in colour from black to deepest purple or deepest crimson, all with a golden green centre. Not only is the colouring fabulous, but the flowers retain their colour as they age and do not fade to green. This ensures that they remain a valuable feature in the garden for much longer than many other hellebores.

Helleborus Winter Jewels® 'Golden Lotus' - New from Hayloft Plants. Image: ©Terra Nova NurseriesAlso available to order for the first time now is ‘Golden Lotus'. In rich yellow and golden shades, some of the flowers are pure in colours, some have red speckles and some feature a slender red picotee.

Both these new double hellebores were developed by Marietta O'Byrne of Northwest Garden Nursery in Oregon. Staring with stock from the best European hellebore breeders, and in particular Ashwood Nurseries, in recent years she's introduced many superb strains - both singles and doubles.

If you'd like to get a taste of her plants, take a look at galleries of her single-flowered varieties and also her double-flowered varieties although unfortunately many of these are NOT yet available to order here in Britain. You should also know that Northwest Garden Nursery does not sell by mail order - to Britain or anywhere else.

But ‘Golden Lotus' and ‘Onyx Odyssey' are now available to order here in Britain. But note that plants will not be sent until May of next year. However, ordering now should ensure you get your plants when they become available.

You can order ‘Onyx Odyssey' from Hayloft Plants

You can order ‘Golden Lotus' from Hayloft Plants



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on 23 Nov 2009 at 11:32 PM

miranda said:

They are very pretty, but the yellow ones don't really look like Hellebores anymore. What I've always liked about them is their beautiful simplicity and, even though they are attractive, I'm not sure about these new plants - it seems a bit like gilding the lily.

on 27 Nov 2009 at 11:13 AM

Graham Rice said:

I know what you mean... It's as if these doubles have to be even more perfect to be better than good singles - if you know what I mean.

on 27 Nov 2009 at 12:27 PM

Miranda Hodgson said:

Yes, I think I know what you mean. They do look perfect, just not like the picture I have in my mind of Hellebores of those lovely, delicate pink cups speckled with some darker colour. Maybe I'm just being middle-aged!

on 28 Nov 2009 at 01:50 PM

Graham Rice said:

Why not grow some - and see what you think when you have them in your own garden.

on 28 Nov 2009 at 03:55 PM

Miranda Hodgson said:

Oh, alright then. I shall and then I'll know for sure.

on 28 Nov 2009 at 08:32 PM

julibrissin said:

Hello Grehem,

I ordered seed 2011 Europes, Hungary.

They did not acknowledge the order yet unfortunately.

I asked it 3000-4000 seed. From the agreed colours.

According to you from a seed these will be with a colour like that likewise?

These wonderful!!!!!!

I adore it Helleborus, I recruit it, and I cultivate them.

I hope so get acknowledging.

English translation heavy for me.


on 15 Nov 2010 at 08:04 AM