Newbie with Questions
Sorry, I originally posted this in the image gallery by mistake.
I was looking at the Alpines and Rock Gardens Forum and someone was saying that the Helleborus was their favorite plant and one that they could not live without, so I thought that I might try it in my rock garden.
I started my rock garden under a crab apple tree about five years ago. I have not been able to give it much attention since then because of caring for my small children and I also became frustrated because I was not having much luck, almost everything that I planted died.
This year I have been doing a lot of research trying to find the right plants for my conditions and I am looking forward to putting a lot of time into my garden. My main problems are that the area is shaded and very rocky. I am planning on adding a lot of compost, mulch, etc. this year. I started composting and mulching the area last year.
My questions are:
1. Will the Helleborus tolerate shade?
2. Does the foliage last all season after the blooms fade?
3. Are they hardy plants?
4. Where is the best place to purchase Helleborus? (I live in Orange County, N.Y.)
I was looking at all of your flower images that were uploaded and they are absolutely beautiful!
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have.