In early spring, even before the last of the winter weather has departed, these lovely double blooms make an appearance to spread their bicolor beauty to the area. Rich raspberry-pink picotee edges and veining adorn snow-white blossoms for a lush look you're sure to love. A dark burgundy color appears on the petals' reverse for an even more dynamically appealing bloom. These are fantastic, vigorous flowers with an upright, compact form that's perfect for container gardens, woodland areas and early-season indoor bouquets. Deer resistant and drought tolerant. Prefers full or partially shaded areas. Zones 4-9. Helleborus orientalis 'Blushing Bridesmaid'
Among the earliest blooms to emerge in early spring, Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, sometimes push up through late-season snow to show their pretty faces to the world. Hardy, vigorous and easy to grow, they prefer well-drained soil and will become drought-tolerant in later years. They add color and beauty to an otherwise bleak landscape, appearing before any of the traditional spring-blooming flowers. This deer-resistant shade perennial is available in a variety of colors, and look marvelous in woodland areas and around shrubs and tree lines.