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Newsletter November 2017

Fall plants still available from Hallson Gardens:

Lily 'Longwoood' bulbs just $1.50 each

OT lily 'Aventino' bulbs will give you some large, very fragrant flowers next summer.

OT lily 'Bon Bini' has a pink watermark that makes it a beauty and one of our best selling oriental x trumpet hybrids

Are you still out playing in the dirt like we are? Then this is a great time to add Hellebores, Heuchera, lily bulbs, Pulmonaria, and other perennials to your garden, plus we have many items on sale right now. We can ship almost immediately and will continue shipping until Monday, November 20th.

We only ship our Hellebores and Pulmonaria (lungwort) in the fall as this is the best time to move those, so don't miss out if you wanted to add these to your shade garden. The Hellebores are especially nice sized clumps grown here over at least two winters so they will have a chance of flowering next spring. Give both plants good woodland soil, water them in well when you plant them, and then water the Hellebores if they wilt. These should settle in quickly for a nice showing next spring. The Hellebores will have foliage for now but remember that the leaves seen in the fall will usually die back in the spring to be replaced by new growth at that time.

For November we still have a nice selection of lily bulbs for fall planting with some great prices when you buy greater quantities of the same variety. New lilies this fall include the dwarf Asiatic lilies 'Tiny Moon' and 'Tiny Crystal' along with the tall OT lilies 'Thea' and 'Zagora'. All of our bulbs are freshly harvested here at the nursery and are just going dormant now and ready for the winter.

Finally we have added some new Daylilies this fall including 'Storm Shelter' and the everblooming daylilies Earlybird Oriole™ and 'Romantic Returns'. These new repeat flowering daylilies have excellent landscape appeal as they add months worth of flowers to the sunny garden and their size makes them easy to fit into the border. It is amazing how far these have come since 'Stella De Oro' was introduced!

Feel free to contact us at hallsons@perennialnursery.com and I will help you out with your questions you might have about these or any of our other plants. Thank you very much for your support over the years and for helping us to continue bringing you great perennial plants for many years to come!

Sincerely yours,

Chris Wilson, Hallson Gardens

Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol' - the Christmas rose

Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol'

Helleborus orientalis is known as the Lenten rose since it flowers in late winter/early spring around Easter time, but did you know that they are sometimes also sometimes called the Christmas rose? And have you wondered why?

Most of our hellebores are orientalis hybrids but this year we are selling a selection of Helleborus niger called 'Christmas Carol' that is the classic hellebore known as the Christmas rose. Its white flowers develop in late fall in order to flower in November and December, potentially up to Christmas time (which if you've seen the stores lately apparently starts at midnight after Halloween). Right now each of these 'Christmas Carol' clumps in our growing area has a cluster of white flowers developing at the base of the plants and those flowers will open over the next few weeks.

The clumps grow only about a foot and a half high and a couple feet wide so you could place them along a pathway where you will be able to enjoy them as you walk by this time of year.

Hellebores like rich, well draining soil in a spot where they will get some sunlight and good moisture in the spring and fall but like to be shaded and somewhat dry in the summer. Deciduous, woodland shade is best as they will get sunlight all winter long while the leaves are off the trees. We only ship hellebores in the fall as this is the best time to transplant them, and you won't be disappointed with our field grown clumps!

Thank you for your support and we hope you have a great fall and winter season.

Sincerely yours,

Chris Wilson, Hallson Gardens

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