Posted: 20/11/2013 at 09:02
I understamd whar Verdun is saying. I grow hundreds of Hellebores from seed each year and eventually throw most of them on the compost heap as they are not good enough or are exactly the same as ones I have.
I do the same with Geum too.
In a way it depends on the size of your garden. Filling a huge space like ours say, is expensive so cheap planrs is the way to go. Finding the one plant which is perfect for the spot in a small garden needs a different approach.
Still would like to get my hands on Hh. purpurascens, viridis, and any other of the species.
If you can get seed grown H. thibeticus then go for it.