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Hellebores are so easy and so pretty, they have a place in nearly every landscape. Their exquisite bowl- or saucer-shape flowers in white (often speckled), pinks, yellows, or maroon remain on the plant for several months, even after the petals have fallen. Deer-resistant and mostly evergreen, hellebores' divided leaves rise on sturdy stems and may be serrated (like a knife) along the edges. They do best in shade where soil remains moist; some prefer acid or alkaline conditions, depending on variety.
The bold foliage of plantain lily is a great foil for the divided hellebore leaves. Both plants thrive under similar conditions.Astilbe
In shaded places, astilbe adds a fine foliage texture in contrast to the bolder hellebore leaves. In late spring and summer, astilbe flowers brighten an otherwise somber patch.Lungwort
Lungwort's dappled leaves make an interesting counterpoint against dark hellebore foliage. In spring, lungwort produces bright pink and blue flowers that combine well with hellebore blooms.