I really want to like hellebores but have had little success for two years. I can not keep Janet Starnes alive much less healthy, my Helleborus foetidus either die during the winter or bloom, fall-over and pull themselves out of the ground. I've gotten Helleborus argutifolius to stay alive and bloom sometimes but they look so ratty.
What am I doing wrong? They are mostly in medium shade, lighter during the winter. They get fertilizer, although perhaps not enough. I've staked them and they still often fall over.
Is this common?