Blooming the 2nd week of April:
Helleborus orientalis & cultivars
The Lenten Rose is the very first perennial to bloom in our woodland garden. It's showy 3" flowers nod above the leathery evergreen foliage in earliest spring, before the new dark green leaves emerge to cover up the previous year's foliage. There are several exciting 'Lenten Rose' series offering a wide range of colors and patterns. Flowers vary from plant-to-plant so it is helpful to select plants while they are in bloom.