My Southern California garden now includes Lenten Roses.I can think of only two deficiencies to these evergreen perennials. The flowers nod down to face the earth, useful perhaps for pollinating insects but not for gardeners with creaky backs. You have to crawl around and manipulate the blossom upward to savor it. The effort is worth it. With only a passing resemblance to a real rose, the thick-petaled beauty is actually saucer shaped and blooms in various shades of lime green, rose pink and plum purple. You can temper the nodding effect by placing the perennial in a raised bed, on a hillside or in a tall container.