Right on schedule, my hellebores â€” also called Lenten roses â€”Â are blooming. Itâ€™s taken three years for them to establish themselves, but Iâ€™m finally being rewarded with dinner-plate sized clumps of semi-evergreen leaves and flowers ranging from a deep plum to a chartreuse. The blooms will last for well over a month if not trampled by kids or dog. Theyâ€™re ideal for shady spots and are pretty tolerant of poor soil. If you have a little patience, nowâ€™s the perfect planting time. If you live in Zone 4 or lower, check the hardiness of individual varieties. â€” Sarah L.