Winter Thriller™ Mango Magic Hellebore
Helleborus 'Mango Magic'
Mango Magic is part of the Winter Thriller™ series offered by Wayside Gardens alum Chris Hansen. Chris has been breeding Hellebores for more than 15 years, and his dedication has paid off with this high-performing, really exceptionally colorful series. Fully 3 inches wide, these flowers are suffused with color and remain on the plant for 12 weeks or more, from late winter into late spring in most climates. Incredible!
This Hellebore should become a mainstay of your shade border. It's simply the easiest plant you can grow, and among the longest-lived, too. Because it is poisonous, pests keep their distance -- including hungry deer and nibbling rabbits. Disease-free and very vigorous, it offers large, evergreen foliage of deep green that looks good year-round.
The blooms are large and nodding, held just above the foliage. Cut them at the top of the stem and float them in a bowl of water to show off their colorful interiors, or better yet, let them remain on the plant, decorating the shade garden during the final weeks of winter and well into spring. The blooms dry right on their stems, acquiring paler but no less interesting tones as they mature!
We predict that Mango Magic may become your favorite shade perennial, and that the blooms will be standouts in your garden. The plant itself reaches 20 inches high and up to 24 inches wide in partial to full shade, tolerating a wide range of stressors from dry soil to poor fertility. Pamper it the first few seasons, make sure the soil drainage is good, and you will find it virtually maintenance-free! Zones 4-8.
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|Item Form||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Winter - Late Spring|
|Plant Height||20 in|
|Plant Width||24 in|
|Bloom Size||3 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Long Bloomers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer|
|Bloom Color||Rose, Apricot, Cream, Light Red, Multi-Color|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Outdoor, Winter Interest, Border, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover|
|Restrictions||Virgin Islands, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|
As the deer population has boomed and
food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will
strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there
are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these
Use physical barriers
A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.
Plant Deer-resistant VarietiesHerbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.
Having a dog In the FamilyOwning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.
For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.
Set plants 12 to 18 inches apart, in a rather fertile soil that is well-drained but moisture- retentive. Helleborus does best in partial shade, but can tolerate full sun in northern areas. For the taller species and cultivars, choose a somewhat sheltered location.
We recommend a year-round mulch, to conserve moisture and keep the soil cool. If plants must be divided, do so carefully, as they tend to be brittle. H. orientalis hybrids transplant readily; others are happier left undisturbed. If slugs appear, use appropriate bait.
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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.