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Plant of the week: Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’

Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

I love Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ because it produces gazillions of upward facing, creamy whitish-pink flowers that seem to last forever. In addition, the foliage is a highly attractive blue-gray color. An added advantage is that deer and rabbits rarely bother it. Plant is beauty right by the walk so everyone that sees it can really appreciate it! – Ciscoe

Key Feature: Shade loving

Plant type: Perennial

Light needs: Full to partial shade

Growth rate: Moderate

Water needs: Needs wet or constantly moist soil

Average landscape size: Forms basal clumps to 12 in. tall, spreads wider

Ciscoe’s Tips of the Week:

Time to prune roses. Prune the main canes 2/3rds of the way to the ground, cutting to an outward facing bud, and remove dead, weak or diseased canes.

Mix 2 cups of alfalfa meal with the recommended amount of organic rose food and work it into the soil around roses and blooming perennials. Alfalfa meal contains micro-nutrients that tell your plant, bloom you fool bloom!

Cut the stems of red twig dogwood back to 4 inches from the ground. Only new growth has the red bark, so cutting them back will keep the twigs red, and it will grow back to only about 4 feet tall (as opposed to 18 feet tall that the shrub will reach if you just let it grow).

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