Helleborus - hellebores are commonly known as christmas rose and lenten rose. Evergreen perennials that have dark green sometimes mottled, cut foliage and beautiful large saucer cuped flowers that are born from autumn all they way through to spring. They really are an easy perennial they can be planted and left to their own devices whilst you enjoy the flowers when everything else looks miserable. They thrive in shade as well as a little sun and like heavy clay and normal soils. It is said that helleborus nigra known as christmas rose due to an old story that the perennial sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.