Red Lady Lenten Rose
Deep Red Blooms in Early Spring
Lenten Rose "Red Lady" is so popular now because...
● it's one of the first spring bloomers
● it grows well in shade
● it's low-maintenance and easy to grow
● plant in groups for incredible color
Early Jewel-toned Color
Lenten Rose 'Red Lady' provides some of the first color of spring, earlier than most Lenten Roses, when other perennials are still hidden away below the snow. The Red Lady's thick, leathery, dark green leaves appear first, followed by cup-shaped flowers in jewel-tones of red ranging from cherry to deep burgundy. The flowers are 2 to 3 inches in diameter and, with up to five blooms on a stem, show up well against the stark winter background. The glossy, lance-shaped leaves grow in open clumps and remain after the flowers die, forming a lush ground cover throughout the entire growing season.
Brightens Up The Shade
Not only is the Lenten Rose 'Red Lady' one of the first flowers to appear in the spring garden, it also brightens up some of the darker places in your yard. Red Lady grows well in full shade to part shade, but prefers light to moderate shade. It's a good choice for beds in the shadow of buildings or fences, or under large trees. Red Lady is not fussy about the soil it grows in, liking normal, sandy or clay surroundings with average moisture. For the best spring blooms, add organic compost to the soil in the fall.
Easy to Look After
You don't need to spend much time looking after Lenten Rose 'Red Lady'. In late winter, before the growing season starts, visit the plants and cut the old leaves down before the buds appear. Keeping the ground around the plants moist throughout the growing period shouldn't be a problem as shade areas don't tend to dry out. If the plants become crowded, you can divide the bulbs in early fall, but Red Lady is a fairly slow grower so this won't happen too often.
Solo or in Crowds
A little planning is needed before planting Lenten Rose 'Red Lady' as the plants don't like to be moved or even disturbed when they're established, so think carefully about where you want to position them. Plant Red Lady on its own as a feature plant, or in masses for eye-popping red spring color. If you have the space, consider Red Lady as part of the controlled chaos of a naturalized woodland garden; if you have limited space or want color closer to your house, these flowers also thrive in containers.