Camellia, with its glossy evergreen leaves and large cupped flowers, blooms when few other plants do—in late winter to early spring. Plant partial-shade-loving camellias such as this 'Rubescens Major,' in slightly acidic soil that drains well.

@Megan Ward Maxwell Welch ... Figured out what your Mom's "rose bushes" are :O))) they are Camellia's

Camellia japonica (the Japanese camellia) is one of the best known species of the genus Camellia. Sometimes called the Rose of winter.

Fire flowers? Gloriosa lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana) is the climber in the family, reaching four to six feet tall, sporting large flowers that are pink or orange. It blooms from mid- to late summer into fall. Does best in full sun to part shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

Helleborus/ Christmas rose. Very colorful for shade plants! Bloom in winter and early Spring. Frost-resistant and evergreen. The most popular hellebores for garden use are undoubtedly H. orientalis and its colourful hybrids (H. × hybridus).

~~verdolaga bicolor / two-colored Portulaca Portulaca is sun loving and grow well in hot direct sunlight up to 100 degrees F. Cut a stem, plant in potting soil and it will re-root. From one basket, I can make three or four in a three week period. It makes for a great hanging basket.

When roses cease to bloom, dear and violets are done, When bumblebees in solemn flight Have passed beyond the sun, The hand that paused to gather Upon this summer's day Will idle lie, in Auburn.-- Then take my flower, pray! ~ Emily Dickinson

‘Madame Emile Debatene’ Herbaceous peony Tufted pink centers crown these double flowers, great for cutting. The plant blooms in mid- to late spring and grows to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Planting gladiollas in clusters

Camellia - General: Fascination, Woman Love. - Pink: Longing for You - Red: You're a Flame in My Heart. - White: You're Adorable

camellia japonica

Heavenly Hydrangea- "Endless Summer" blooms over and over in the same season.

Camellia

Raspberry Splash Pulmonaria, another shade lover. Grows 10-12", blooms late spring. Beautiful multi- colored flowers.

Camellia

Gardenia - An evergreen with a beautiful scented white flower. I've struggled with these as an inside plant in England but just put two in the garden can already see buds appearing.

Astilbe in a border makes a fabulous show & grows equally well in full sun/partial shade

...camellia...

The five-foot-tall 'Lauren Michele' dahlia boasts waterlily blooms with pale lavender petals and dark undersides.

Adding to my flower garden this year! Angelonia -It's easy to grow and flowers profusely, great plant for our dry spells and heat. Not fussy about soil either. Butterflies love it!