Hope my husband doesn't see this — at least for a few weeks. I just did something I don't think I've ever done in 30 years of gardening. I just ordered plants for Spring 2014 shipment. It's only December, and not even close to the end of the month. This is a bad omen for cutting back 2014 garden spending!
But once I opened the e-mail from Hillside Nurseries I was lost. Hillside specializes in Lady Slipper orchids and some of the more unusual woodland wildflowers. Now they are offering named double-flowered Hepatica japonica. I love Hepaticas and these look amazing.
I opted for Hepatica maxima (pictured below). Here's Hillside's description: "Maxima is an appropriate name for this hepatica since it can have leaves as large as 4 inches wide. The flowers emerge first and range in color from a faint pink to white. They are followed by the fuzzy new leaves that unfurl to be a beautiful deep shade of green. If left to establish, it can produce a sizeable clump up to a foot and a half in diameter. Native to Ullung Island off the coast of Korea."
As you might imagine, these are pricey plants so I limited myself to two. My other choice is Hepatica japonica 'Yuzuru' (below). These Hepaticas are selling out rapidly since I ordered last night, so check them out quickly if you are interested.