Regardless of which type you choose, hellebores are happiest in dappled shade with well-drained soil that is rich in organic material. They are the perfect plant for a woodland garden or natural area on the edge of a forest. In the piedmont of North Carolina, it is imperative to amend the clay soil before planting hellebores...use soil enhancer, mushroom compost, and organic humus to create a rich and well-drained bed. More good news...Hellebores make great cut flowers, they are deer-resistant, rabbit-resistant, and once established are very drought-tolerant! Happy planting!