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New Winter Thriller™ Deer-Proof Hellebores for 2011

US Mail order retailer Great Garden Plants is excited to announce the arrival of three new Hellebores bred by their co-founder Chris Hansen. This trio comprises the Winter Thriller™ series, exclusively available through Great Garden Plants .

Chris has been breeding deer-proof Hellebores for more than 15 years, ruthlessly destroying any plants lacking vigor or "flower power". His new Winter Thriller™ series fulfills his goal of producing highly vigorous plants with giant 3-4" perfectly rounded flowers in pure color strains.

Hellebore Grape Galaxy Winter Thriller™
Over 125 giant 3" grape-spotted flowers make Grape Galaxy a showstopper in the perennial shade garden. Each flower has plum-colored petals (actually sepals) with a multitude of dark purple spots splashed across the top.

Hellebore Green Gambler Winter Thriller™
When Chris first started breeding for green-flowered Hellebores, he found that most had little to no garden vigor. After many generations of hybridizing, he has been able to produce the Green Gambler series of wonderfully vigorous Hellebores with extra-large 3" shamrock-green flowers. Many of the green flowers also have a bright red picotee edge & flecks of red glitter on each petal.

Hellebore Red Racer Winter Thriller™
Chris is especially excited about his vigorous & vibrant new color strain of ruby-red Hellebores. His Red Racers consistentlyimpress visitors with their GIANT 3.5" flowers of satin-red as seen in the picture with the tape-measure!

According to Great Garden Plants, the Winter Thriller™ Hellebores offer
• True color strains of giant 3-4" flowers
• Over 150 blooms per mature plant
• Long flowering time of 10+ weeks
• Extreme garden vigor
• America's #1 Deer Proof Shade Plant
• Thrive in heavy clay or sand
• Covers a broad hardiness zone from 4-9
• Evergreen foliage makes superb groundcover

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