With spring in full force, we’d like to celebrate some of our favorite annual blooms: hellebores! “I love their shape, there is really nothing else similar to it. I love the bright colored stamens that they have while they are still on the flower, and I love how sharp and beautiful the blooms look after the stamens have fallen off,” says floral designer Sarah Winward. “If they are cut at the right time hellebores will last a week as a cut flowers.”
Flowers used in these arrangements: hellebores, argutifolius silver lave, double queen, merlin and spotted white lady.
Hellebores are early spring bloomers. They can be found peeking out of the snow as early as February! Although they are often called lenten roses, they are actually related to ranunculus – the nickname refers to their tendency to appear during Lent. Originating in Europe and Asia, hellebores have gained a rich history resulting in a variety of hybrids and a range of applications from medicinal use to the study of toxins.
Their color variations make them floral design superstars. With shades of white, green, lavender, and purple, there is a hellebore for practically every color palette! Rich pigment makes them a wonderful choice for anyone seeking a deeper, more sophisticated look. As an added bonus, these blooms are beautiful from every angle, boasting gorgeous buds and deeply-colored spots on the backs of their petals.
Flowers used in these designs include hellebores, flowering quince, heuchera leaves, fritillaria uva vulpis, pieris, columbine, spirea and swedish ivy.