#5 is Hellebore 'Amethysy Gem' for top northwest plant 2012.
This is a stunner. Amethyst Gem Hellebore has amazing color and double flower petals. What more could we ask for. Hellebores can take most exposures but really enjoy shade to party shade. Blooms as early as January and as late as April or May. Evergreen foliage can be cut to the ground in the spring to make it easier to view flowers. Cutting any blackened foliage helps keep plants disease free too. We use lime chips to help with the black spot Hellebores are prone to. Lime chips are available in the early spring at My Garden.