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Old 04-18-2021, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I am trying to convert my Central Fl yard into mostly native plants. I haven't had grass in 10 years. Its slow but I am working on it. I am 77 now and can no longer spend the hours in the yards that require a lot of upkeep.
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Old 04-19-2021, 07:34 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I haven’t had good luck in GA with iris, which is a favorite, so this year I bought 6 Louisiana Iris at a botanical garden plant sale and they’re just starting to bloom.

I’ve never had Pentas, Flax Lily, Plumbago, or hellebores before this year. The southern gardens are beautiful right now.
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Old 04-19-2021, 07:53 AM
 
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I haven’t had good luck in GA with iris, which is a favorite, so this year I bought 6 Louisiana Iris at a botanical garden plant sale and they’re just starting to bloom.

I’ve never had Pentas, Flax Lily, Plumbago, or hellebores before this year. The southern gardens are beautiful right now.
Just added a Hellebore to my raised flower bed. Mostly shady with some afternoon sun. It looks to be dying. Any suggestions for why? Zone 9A.
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Old 04-19-2021, 09:41 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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Just added a Hellebore to my raised flower bed. Mostly shady with some afternoon sun. It looks to be dying. Any suggestions for why? Zone 9A.
I know nothing about them, but mine was big and robust in the pot and loaded with flowers when i bought it, and it still looks good. That doesn’t mean I won’t kill it eventually. It gets part sun in 8b. Maybe yours is getting over some shock? I assume you watered it in?
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Old 04-19-2021, 10:35 AM
 
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^^^Same, robust looking with lots flowers when I bought them. Yes, I watered before and after planting. Maybe as you’ve suggested they’re going through shock of some sort. They’re still alive, just droopy and not looking well, and we’re entering our hot season, but I’ll just just have to wait and see I guess. (Nearby impatiens are thriving tho.)
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Just added a Hellebore to my raised flower bed. Mostly shady with some afternoon sun. It looks to be dying. Any suggestions for why? Zone 9A.
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^^^Same, robust looking with lots flowers when I bought them. Yes, I watered before and after planting. Maybe as you’ve suggested they’re going through shock of some sort. They’re still alive, just droopy and not looking well, and we’re entering our hot season, but I’ll just just have to wait and see I guess. (Nearby impatiens are thriving tho.)
My hellebores do that every year at this time of the year (9b here). Yours might have suffered a bit of transplant shock if you've just planted them so make sure they have plenty of water right now while they take 2 or 3 weeks for newer feeder roots to grow and get established.

Autumn and winter is when they're at their most robust and showiest condition. Bear in mind they are really early winter bloomers and this time of spring in the 9 zones is also when they're getting ready to finish up with their winter bloom period and will be taking a seasonal break to grow new foliage. They'll get droopy and drop their expired flowers and a few of the bigger or oldest leaves will go limp, brown and die. After all the dead stuff has been removed they'll start to grow all new fresh green foliage from late spring to autumn and store up the energy needed for blooming in the winter months. By December they'll be setting new flower buds.

Keep the roots moist and cool through summer.

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Old 04-19-2021, 03:16 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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I've always wanted Hellebores but in this climate they wouldn't bloom until April and I already have flowers in bloom by April. If they would bloom during the winter, I'd have them.

I ordered another ice plant. It arrived today from High Country Gardens. The one I already have already has one pink flower so this is the time. I discovered ice plant at a flower farm out in the country a few years ago but didn't go there last year due to COVID. And I don't know if they will have them when I go this year--wanted to be sure to have another one.

If I can get a photo sometime, I'll put it on here. For this climate anyway, it lasts year round and blooms all summer with no attention whatsoever. A spreading succulent with colorful daisy-like flowers.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:11 AM
 
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Definitely need to be watered regularly when first planted.

Mine are once again in full bloom starting in January and are still full of blooms.

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Just added a Hellebore to my raised flower bed. Mostly shady with some afternoon sun. It looks to be dying. Any suggestions for why? Zone 9A.
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Old 04-21-2021, 07:33 PM
 
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Plumbago are just flourishing.

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Old 04-21-2021, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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I have a lone iris plant that someone gave us as a gift. I planted it without knowing what it was and it has come up the last two years. I think if I can find out what kind of iris it is I will get a half dozen more and have a little patch of irises. I would also like to add more tulips, which the previous owners of our property planted years ago, and still come up every year. Finally, I’d like to add more lilies, preferably yellow.
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