Hellebore underneath Ash

paulsiu(5a)September 19, 2011

There a section of the yard between two ash trees at the border of the yard about 8 foot apart. Some day lillies grow there at the moment. They do ok there, but it's too dark so they never bloom. I was thinking about growing some Hellebore instead. The soil is alkaline 7.5 and may be clay-ish underneath the top soil.

Will Hellobore grow underneath an ash tree?

What cultivare should I grow in zone 5b?

What companion plants?

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I think you should try the common hybrid Lenten rose(Helleborus hybrids) under your Ash trees. I think they will do fine. You could combine them with snowdrops(Galanthus), early daffodils, Epimedium, and the evergreen sweet violet(Viola odorata).

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 4:05PM
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