I've raved about their hellebores before and, to be honest, I really can't get enough of them; I just can't afford to buy them for myself retail, but I REALLY CAN'T GET ENOUGH of seeing them on the nursery tables at Wells Medina Nursery and observing the subtle details of the dazzling array they offer. I still remember when the deep purples and blacks were all the rage, a true clean yellow was so illusive, and a messy double form commanded your attention and an additional zero at the end of each check issued.
Since 1992, the O'byrnes have sought out the best forms from the best and most meticulous breeders around the world to generate a genetic pool that yielded the most promising hybrids.
So, check this out this list of their color groups with an example of each. Keep in mind that these are seed strains so there will be variations, but each cross is very controlled so color can pretty much be guaranteed:
Jade StarPhoto from NW Garden Nursery website.
OMG, and then there are the doubles!!! I've always been a fan of double flowered plants, but some people think they're messy mutants that don't have a place in the garden, but I just tell them to shut up and marvel at these magical specimens
Cotton Candy Photo from NW Garden Nursery website.
Double Painted Photo from NW Garden Nursery website.
Harlequin Gem Photo from NW Garden Nursery website.
Sparkling Diamond Photo from NW Garden Nursery website.
As gorgeous as all these are, I've been quite critical of many of these hybrids and one trait I sort of dislike about Hellebores is the fact that most of them FACE DOWN! I'm having to lift every single flower to observe and admire them. I've been wanting people to try them as permanent hanging basket plants as shown here:
While some hybrids are getting closer to being more outfacing, I will be most excited when we have an upfacing hybrid! But for now we must kneel, lift and admire Helleborus OR admire the reverses of the sepals with markings that are quite interesting.