Helleborus

From humble beginnings in 1992, Northwest Garden Nursery has become the major breeder of Helleborus here in the Pacific Northwest.

The O'Byrnes acquired their original breeding stock as seed from breeders Will McLewin in the U.K. and Gisela Schmeimann in Germany. Additional stock was hand selected on buying trips to England and Holland at Ashwood Nursery, Blackthorn Nursery, and de Hessenhof. Over the years other branches of the business were downsized in order to concentrate on their main love of creating and propagating hybrid Helleborus of superior quality and vigor ideally suited for life in the Pacific Northwest.

Northwest Garden Nursery's breeding program is both rigorous and comprehensive. All the stock plants are hand pollinated and then isolated from other pollinators. Every seed head is individually bagged and harvested by color strain. Qualities selected for are clean, clear colors, evenly shaped petals, overall vigor and disease resistance, and plentiful flower production. In single flowered forms they also select for vertical, outward facing blooms with interestingly colored reverses.

Double flowered forms are additionally selected for blossom fullness, evenly spaced petals, and overall texture. As it is important that the foliage does not overwhelm the blooms, plants are also selected toward finer foliage. Each year they gather a few of the choicest new hybrids as stock plants to be added to the next year's breeding program, while discarding any that are deemed inferior. Through this constant and ruthless upgrading they make yearly progress toward the "perfect plant" for your garden.

Northwest Garden Nursery Helleborus are low growing herbaceous perennials with short-stemmed, often toothed, palmate foliage. Their most impressive feature is their five petaled, bowl shaped flowers which appear from late winter into spring in colors as diverse as white, cream, apricot, yellow, green, slate, every tint of pink, maroon, and even black! With all they have to offer it's not hard to see why the Helleborus was chosen Perennial Plant of the Year for 2005.

Here at Portland Nursery we are very excited to be able to offer the unique series created by the O'Byrnes.  

The Winter Jewels Series covers the whole spectrum of floral color and form: singles, doubles, anemone-flowered, speckled, picoteed, veined, and nearly every color and combination of colors imaginable. Since plants are seed grown no two are the same.  Every garden should have at least one.

The Winter Jewels Series, Singles:

Apricot Blush
Helleborus 'Apricot Blush'

Apricot to peach with red reverse and rays, some with picotee edge.

Black Diamond
Helleborus 'Black Diamond'

Deep slate to black shades with burgundy rays and chartreuse nectaries.

Cherry Blossom
Helleborus 'Cherry Blossom'

Pale pink flecked and/or veined richer pink with bubblegum nectaries.

Golden Sunrise
Helleborus 'Golden Sunrise'

Warm, clear yellow, some with red veining and/or speckles.

Jade Star
Helleborus 'Jade Star'

Bold green with red or purple reverse, rays, and veining, chartreuse nectaries.

Painted
Helleborus 'Painted'

White to pale yellow, heavily flecked with purple to maroon spotting.


The Winter Jewels Series, Doubles:

Amber Gem
Helleborus 'Amber Gem'

Light apricot to golden blush tones.

Berry Swirl
Helleborus 'Berry Swirl'

Rich rose to wine red with deeper speckles and /or picotee.

Cotton Candy
Helleborus 'Cotton Candy'

Palest blush to rich rose, some with darker picotee.

Double Painted
Helleborus 'Double Painted'

White, heavily marked with purple to maroon spotting.

Golden Lotus
Helleborus 'Golden Lotus'

Various yellow tints with or without red picotee and/or spotting.

Harlequin Gem
Helleborus 'Harlequin Gem'

Lush red or plum with darker tips and/or veining.

Jade Tiger
Helleborus 'Jade Tiger'

Vibrant greens with maroon spotting and/or picotee.

Onyx Odyssey
Helleborus 'Onyx Odyssey'

Dusky maroon, slate, or black, some with darker picotee edging.

Sparkling Diamond
Helleborus 'Sparkling Diamond'

Purest white, some with red or green eye.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily