Hellebores are evergreen perennials and do not necessarily die back in the summer. They remain dormant during the hot days until the perfect blooming conditions return. Once properly situated, most hellebores can thrive in a wide range of environments, although they are still susceptible to intense summer heat. Successfully growing hellebores may depend on your location and the variety.

Choosing Your Hellebore

Hellebores come in over 20 different varieties and many subspecies. Some are easy to grow, while others can be challenging. Their bloom time depends on the climate and the kind of hellebore you choose. We listed some of the most popular hellebores and information on how to best cultivate them.

Where Should Hellebores Be Planted?

For hellebores, choose shaded spots with sufficient sunlight during winter. They need fertile, well-draining soil with moderate moisture. While they can grow in pots, avoid moving them too much. Find transplanting tips in our guide.

How Does It Take Hellebores To Mature?

Hellebores grow slowly, taking up to 18 months to mature. Seeds take 3 years. Plant in spring or fall, and some may take 2 seasons to flower. Water new plants weekly, then less when mature.

How Do You Take Care Of Hellebores In The Summer?

Water hellebores in dry seasons, but avoid drowning them. Prune in summer, but replanting is risky in high temps. Wait until end of summer to transplant.

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