The white flowers that begin to bloom just as the days turn cold. The contrast of the white petals and emerald green foliage is fabulous. Winter Rose ‘Ice Breaker Max’ is part of Winter Rose legend, Josef Hueger’s Helleborus Gold Collection. It includes crosses of Helleborus x ericsmithii, H. x ballardiae, H. x nigercors and H. x lemonierae. After years of intensive breeding only the best of the best are selected. The plants are vigorous, flower as early as June, and will last well into September, and there are plenty of blooms.
The Winter Rose Gold Collection are real show offs. Most Winter Rose flowers open amongst the leaves and can be somewhat hidden. Not these ones, the blooms open above the leaves. The flowers are outward to upward facing. The blooms last months and are very proud, being more upward and outward facing than many of the traditional, shy varieties that hang their heads. The Gold Collection also boasts uniform and compact growth.
Winter Roses are suitable for both container and garden planting.
Winter Roses have a long lasting floral display, from winter to spring. They are ideal for filling the shady spots in your garden. They have handsome, evergreen foliage and pretty blooms.
Winter Roses, or Hellebores are durable and versatile in the garden. They grow best beneath deciduous trees, in filtered light or part shade (they don't tend to flower as well in heavy shade). You can also plant Winter Rose in beds sheltered from hot afternoon sun or in pots. If you grow them in containers they will need a bit of extra care as their water and nutrients are limited.
Try picking and floating the blooms of Winter Rose in a shallow glass dish for a sophisticated centre piece that will bring colour inside for the winter months. The stems can also be picked for vases. Dip them in boiling water after picking to prolong their life.
Helleborus x nigercors
Winter to Spring
Cool to Temperate
Full Sun to Semi Shade