Week 4 - Helleborus foetidus. This native of Europe is currently in flower under our Sequoia tree, making it useful in the garden on two counts. The flowers are a fresh green (some with red edges) and are held nicely above the fine, dark foliage. The leaves are ornamental in themselves - similar to Choisya Aztec. American gardeners use many more native plants than we do in Europe - here is one I consider highly underrated and well worth a try. My plants were collected locally.