Winter color in the garden is a desire of all avid gardeners. Hellebores, also known as Lenten Rose, are a wonderful addition to the shade garden. These are long-lived plants that bloom late winter or early spring. There are many varieties with color ranges from purple, red, near black, white, green, pink and even yellow. Over the years with minimal care, each plant will develop into clumps 18 to 24 inches high and 2 to 3 feet across. Hellebores are deer and rabbit resistant. Zones 4-9.

Julia Randolph, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


Amaryllis never fails to break the gloom of winter. If an Amaryllis is to bloom on the widow sill as early as December, you must begin in the fall. Fill a pot with one part each of coarse sand, peat and soil. Plant the bulb so that a third of it is above the surface. Next place a paper hat over the bulb and put somewhere warm. Water sparingly but don’t let the soil dry out. Five or six weeks later the first shoots will appear. Increase watering a little bit when the shoots are four inches long. Remove the paper hat and move to a bright spot. In our area the bulbs after blooming may be transplanted out side planted four to six inches deep. These will usually bloom in Apri1. A robust bulb can bloom year after year if it receives proper care.

Molly Johnson, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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