I find hellebores a great partnership, particularly during the Winter months when our favourites are leafless! Even in summer they add some interesting shaped and deep coloured foliage down low. I have no idea how well they do in hotter climates…I suspect not so well..but I’m sure someone else will have had experiences. During a freeze they drop like a sack of potatoes and then pop straight back up again within days! Whitefly and greenfly attack them in the spring and they don’t appear to like anti-aphid sprays..at all!