Bedner's Farm & Greenhouse

Love for the Lenten Rose

Along with crocus and daffodils, perennial hellebore flowers are some of the very first garden blooms of the season. Their buttercup-type flowers delight us during the period of time leading to Easter, called Lent, hence the common name of Lenten Rose.

If you’re new to gardening or you want a really low maintenance plant, then the hellebore is for you! You can pretty much plant it and forget it. Besides some clean up of the old leaves in late winter, you will get years of enjoyment from hellebores with very little care needed.

Hellebore info:

Light: part shade to shade
Size: approximately 12″ x 18″, on average
Growth habit: Upright, spreading
Uses and features: rock/alpine gardens, woodland gardens, cut flowers, deer resistant

Homegrown and ready for your landscape and pots this April:

Blushing Bridesmaid

Double white flowers ranging from 2-2½” with raspberry pink veining and picotee edges.

French Kiss

Single white flowers ranging from 3-3½” with raspberry-pink veining stretching toward petal centers.

Maid of Honor

Light to dark pink coloring and 2-3” double flowers.

New York Knight

Bears 2½-3” single flowers in shades of black that include deep grey-purple, jet black and black-purple.

Romantic Getaway

Bears 3″ single white flowers with a dramatic red patterned center.

Rome in Red

Bears 3-4” single, rich-maroon-to-wine-red flowers.

Bouquet Tip:

Usually we like to cut flowers from the garden for bouquets when they are the most fresh, however it’s best to wait a bit with Lenten Rose. Wait until all of the sepals in the center fall out and a small seed pod begins to form before cutting to put in a vase. Waiting until the hellebores are mature will give you the longest lasting bouquet.

Lenten Rose Bouquet