Should I Trim Back My Lenten Rose?

Q: Should I trim back the long leggy branches on my Lenten rose? They look healthy. 

A: Even though they are green and healthy in early spring, those tall leaves will get big black spots by early summer, turn completely black, and die. The short young leaves you see next to the flowers will soon grow larger. It’s best to clip off all the old leaves on your hellebores in December so the new growth can easily come up.