Hellebores by Marian McEvoy, wsj: Sometimes known as 'Christmas Rose' or 'Lenten Rose', these elegant, shade loving perennials which are long lasting and low maintenance are captivating stars of early spring gardens. Openly worshipped overseas, Hellebores are still something of a cult secret in America. http://www.hellebores.org/hellebores.html #Perennials #Hellebores
Helleborus purpurascens - Often the first flowers can be seen low to the ground in December (usually before the new foliage appears), but they continue to open as the red-spotted stems grow, right through until early spring. A variable but very pretty deciduous clump-forming perennial that makes excellent groundcover in partial shade.