While other plants are fast asleep, these evergreen perennials spring up early to put on a show in your garden.
Photo: Ralph Anderson,
Lenten roses aren’t really roses at all. They’re shade-loving evergreen perennials that have beautiful bell- or cup-shaped flowers―either single or double blooms―and lacy, umbrella-like foliage. Lenten roses come in shades of pink, purple, white, yellow―even black (blooms can have freckles). Blossoms sometimes face outward but more often nod gently downward. As they mature and form seeds, the flowers fade to light pastel shades.
Once seeds drop and sprout, you’ll be rewarded with new plants to transplant into your garden (do this in the fall) or to share with friends.