I just picked up three Hellebores (H. Niger HGC Josef Lemper, which is supposed to be "alpine") at over 75% off (probably because we've already had snow here! :)
Couldn't resist. I planted them in a sunny spot for now, because that's the only spot I have so late in the season and I figure the ground will take a little longer to freeze there, giving them more time to settle in.
They weren't too rootbound, but some roots did start wrapping around the inside of the pot a bit. (no roots coming out of the holes, though). I read that they don't like their roots disturbed and so I just dug up a hole, watered well and plunked them in, without spreading out the roots as I normally would. The soil is very rich, lots of compost, well drained.
Now I'm wondering if that was the right thing to do. I plan to move them in the Spring to a shadier spot.
Any advice on this?