Cultivars of Hellebore and Heuchera To Be Featured

Helleborus Amber Gem

Hellebore 'Amber Gem' and other unusual hellebores as well as heuchera will be on sale at the UT Gardens, Knoxville, plant sale March 8.

The University of Tennessee Gardens is holding a Specialty Plant Sale on March 8, 2015. Limited quantities of exclusive hellebore (lenten rose) and heuchera cultivars will be available following a free educational seminar on how to grow and use these evergreen perennials in your garden.

Learn how to grow and use hellebore and heuchera in your garden from the UT Gardens Director Susan Hamilton starting at 1:30 p.m. The plant sale will follow from 2-4 p.m. UT Gardens staff will also be available to answer questions.

“Hellebore are excellent winter perennials in that they are some of the earliest blooming flowers” says Hamilton. “
In recent years, oodles of hybrids have been developed which combine the better characteristics of their parents. As a result, interest in this woodland perennial has been revived and we now have incredible selections with improved characteristics that include new flower colors, double flowers, variegated foliage, and flowers that stand erect rather than nodding.”  Hamilton adds that some of the cultivars on sale will exhibit current gardening trends including truer and more unusual colors from amber to almost black, increased plant heights, and outward-facing blooms.

The sale will offer many new and exclusive hybrids that are not readily available, including hellebores with picotee edges (those that are a different color than the rest of the flower).  The varied hybrid offerings also extend to the shape of the flowers. In addition to single, double, and star-shaped flowers, hellebores can have an anemone-flowered form, which looks like something between a single and a double.

To compliment these winter bloomers, the sale includes heuchera, which are valued for their colorful and bold foliage colors. Pairing these colorful foliage plants with flowering hellebores makes for great winter combinations in your garden. Quantities are limited, so you’re encouraged to shop early. Cultivars on sale will be listed at the UT Gardens website:

You can find the UT Gardens in Knoxville just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. This seminar will be located at Hollingsworth Auditorium, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive. Parking is available in staff lot 66.

The UT Gardens 
includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



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