Best Shown: Believe it or not, one of the favorite method of showing off a hellebores is to cut the stem rather short and I mean short...about roughly 1 to 2 inches. Float the cut flower heads in a shallow and wide bowl of cold water. This will allow the flower to drink as the temperature of the water comes to room temperature. On the other extreme, due to their fragile petals which don't always open, they don't often make the best boutonnieres or corsages.
Best Pairing: I love hellebores with other spring flowers like lilac, ranunculus, jasmine, flower branches, anemones, ranunculus, sweet peas, lisianthus, ferns.
Color Combinations: I love seeing hellebores with greens, plums, mulberrys, eggplants, blushes, lavenders, whites, chocolates, black hues. But be creative and don't feel constrained. Try them with orange, cerise, lime.
The buds begin to develop in late fall and early winter so by February, most plants will be in bloom and they continue blooming through March and April.