New to Hellebores
I've had H. orientalis for 3 years now, and am happy with them. One plant with about 3 eyes has turned into a nice little clump of 2 dozen plants. The bloom this year was even better, and the plants are over a foot tall. We were so happy that we went out and bought H. niger to plant nearby. Now the question: Should we deadhead the blossoms to prevent any more seedlings? It seems a shame since they are so long lasting.
I was tickled pink last year to find a single seedling come up. After all, there was only one flower the year before when they were planted. Now I am finding quite a few seedlings in proximity to the original clump. Is this something peculiar to orientalis, or will the entire area be overtaken with Hellebores and their mongrel offspring. I understand that some of the seedlings are less than desirable, plus I don't want just Hellebores there. I'm starting to plant Trout Lilies and other smaller plants, and the last thing I want is an agressive neighbor.