Plant Delights is proud to carry a large selection of the rare double flowered hellebores from the famed Hellebore breeders, Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne of Oregon. They are primarily known for their Winter Jewels™ series of double hellebores. These hard to come by hellebores are perfect for the hellebore nut who already has all the singles. Double flowered Hellebores occur when the normally miniscule petals mutate to become large and colorful. Double Hellebores easily outshine single flowered varieties because of the added color and three-dimensionality that the extra petals provide. In addition to growing double hellebores from trusted breeders, we also make our own crosses and provide the best ones for sale at our nursery. Double hellebores provide an interesting variation to the standard single flowering varieties but are generally just as easy to maintain as their non-hybridized cousins.
Try pairing double hellebores with other double flowered shade plants to make a theme garden (call it 'double in the dark'). We recommend double flowered versions of convallaria, farfugium, and thalictrum. Hellebores are fantastic shade perennials that are easy-to-grow and thrive in the summer shade of water-loving deciduous trees. We hope you will give these incredible hybrids a shot and be sure to visit us at our Winter Open Nursery and Garden Days to when you can see the latest varieties.
In the video below, Tony explains the Hellebore production process at Plant Delights Nursery. See how our experts are constantly striving to generate new varieties of colorful double flowered hellebores.