agree with all. Like Lyn I love growing things from seed and cuttings. I currently have some echium pininana (2 varieties) plants that I have grown this year from bought seed. I don't expect them to flower till the summer after next, and then they will die, so you might ask "why bother"? Having grown them before, I think they are just such spectacular plants that it's worth the time and effort, and I certainly wouldn't buy them as plants knowing their fate.
However, although I have grown lots of perennials from seed as well I believe that Hellebores, and some other long lived perennials, are worth some investment. While I'm happy to wait for some plants to mature, I really want to see some things flowering as soon as possible. I've probably bought 5 or 6 hellebores over the years, and now have their offspring dotted around the garden. I only have a small garden to fill, a teeny weeny mini-greenhouse and a limited number of sunny windowsills, so that works for me - if I had much more ground to fill then small plants or growing my own from seed would be the only affordable options.
I think most of us like to spend as little as possible but have nice plants and gardens, and we use a variety of methods to get what we want. Learning about the different things people do is what I find so interesting on this forum!
(oh and I'm not above "acquiring" seed from nice hellebores spotted in public parks!)