Double Queen Lenten Rose
A Kaleidoscope of Colorful Blooms
Helleborus "Double Queen" is a great choice due to...
● its ruffled blooms
● its brightness in shady areas
● its long-lasting foliage
Ruffled, Doubled Blooms
Spring is just around the corner when the dark green foliage of Lenten Rose 'Double Queen', one of the Lenten Roses, makes an appearance in the garden. Wait just a little longer while the foliage clumps form and then the bowl-shaped flowers appear, with their ruffled petals around stunning double-blooms. The dreary days of the winter garden are thrust aside by the bright colors of the Double Queen.
Loves Low Light
The Lenten Rose 'Double Queen' requires just one thing to thrive -- well-drained soil. Deep, humus-rich soil also helps, but once you've prepared that before planting, you need only be concerned about keeping the soil moist but not boggy. Double Queen loves areas of shade and low light, so use this plant to add lightness into the dimmer places in the yard. Any soil type will suffice as long as you've got adequate drainage.
You can corral Lenten Rose 'Double Queen' into beds and borders where it brightens shady areas. However, Double Queen grows in clumps and increases the number of flowers each year, making it perfect for naturalized gardens, where it can grow at its own pace and spread naturally. That said, if you just don't have the room for this, Double Queen also grows well in pots; just make sure that its soil doesn't dry out.
Even after the flowers fade and die, the dark green, toothed leaves remain to give textural interest and as ground cover. If Double Queen is sheltered from hail and strong winds, the leaves remain fresh-looking. Remove the old leaves at the start of the growing season, late winter, to encourage new growth in the spring.