Hepatica nobilis is one of Pam's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:
In keeping with my ‘small is beautiful’ theme, I chose Hepatica nobilis for its charming, early blooming and exquisite violet-blue flowers. They will thrive under deciduous trees and shrubs or in crevices in the rock garden. Carefree & beautiful!
Hepatica nobilis, commonly known as liverwort, makes a terrific ground cover under evergreens. In early spring they send up beautiful blue flowers before the new leaves have even unfurled.
The plant then forms a dense ground cover of lobed leaves that look fresh until the fall. If you have a few trees making a mini-forest, we highly recommend these perennials for that shady location. This plant has received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society for its disease resistance, good constitution and stability of form and colour.