With only a passing resemblance to a real rose, the thick-petaled beauty is actually saucer-shaped and blooms in various shades of lime green, rose pink and plum purple. You can temper the nodding effect by placing the perennial in a raised bed, on a hillside or in a tall container.
Dick and Judith Tyler have created an amazing mecca for a perennial known as Lenten rose, or hellebore. Their nursery, Pine Knot Farms, is in Clarksville, Va. This pink blotched type is one of their many strains. Adrian Higgins/The Washington Post Buy Photo