This week my favorite plant is the well-known Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost', a wonderful, durable plant worthy of any shade garden. I like this plant primarily because it has multiple seasons of interest. In spring it bears brilliant blue flowers (I'm a sucker for blue flowers!) before morphing into a completely different plant for the rest of the spring and summer, bearing large leaves of silver with a netting of green veins.
|In early spring (April in my garden) 'Jack Frost' has small, silvery leaves along stems bearing forget-me-not blue flowers.|
|The flowers are quite literally forget-me-not blue, as Brunnera is a "cousin" of Myosotis in the family Boraginaceae.|
|I love seeing these small, blue flowers in spring.|
|After blooming, 'Jack Frost' sends up leaves 4-6 inches across that will light up the shade garden all summer long. It would look better if I removed the finished flowering stems, but I've noticed a few seed pods maturing.|
The stats on Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost':
- Hardy in USDA zones 3-8
- 1-1.5 feet tall, spreading very slowly by short rhizomes.
- Moderate water needs
- Adaptable to most soils
- Blooms in April-May with forget-me-not blue flowers
- Silver leaves with green veins are attractive all summer
- Deer and slug-resistant
|I just love those leaves! I really need more of these, as Brunnera is a very slow spreader in my garden.|