Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Metallic Blue Lady

Metallic Blue Lady Lenten rose
Hellebore orientalis 'Metallic Blue Lady'

The foliage of 'Metallic Blue Lady'

 I'm not easily impressed by a perennial, but I recently saw one that knocked my socks off -- a hellebore or Lenten rose called 'Metallic Blue Lady.'  The leaves this time of year have a wonderful silvery sheen. In spring, it has a dark, dark purple flower.

It reminded me that fall is a good time to plant, especially when it comes to spring-blooming perennials like hellebores. Planting now allows them to develop a strong root system. The soil is warmer now than in spring, making it easier for them to get established. And cooler air temperatures (believe me, they are coming) will further encourage root development instead of growth above ground.

The same thing applies to a lot of other plants as well. Peonies, for example, are best moved in the fall. Also, if you plant mums early enough, they have a better chance of coming back on their own next year. So if you want to brighten up your garden next spring, doing a bit of planting this fall can put you ahead of the game.

1 comment:

  1. I bought a Helleborus from Chalet in 2002 - Sunshine Strain. It's still going strong in the same spot. I love it. Will Chalet carry Metallic Blue Lady next spring? It's gorgeous.