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Plant Highlight - Brunnera macrophylla -'Jack Frost'2/7/2013


 

 

Plant Highlight -  Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

 

‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera is one of my favorite perennials to use in a partial shade environment.  I’ve always been a sucker for a heart-shaped leaf, and this one is clearly my favorite.  The frosty silver leaves brighten any dark area and are highlighted by the intricately detailed veins that appear to be hand painted in a spectacular green which also outlines each leaf.  The “shabby-chic” appearance is accomplished with an almost a crackle-like finish. ‘Jack Frost’ forms an attractive hosta-like mound and sports small, baby blue ‘forget-me-not’ (like) flowers in mid spring.  It is not a particular favorite of deer due to the fuzzy rigid texture of the leaves. 

 

Plant Highlights

 

·         Brunnera is an ‘easy-keeper’ in the garden and requires little maintenance.

 

·         Plant it in a partial shade location that is consistently moist but not wet. 

 

·         It is tolerant of drought conditions.

 

·         Use as a specimen plant, in a small group in the landscape, as a border or in the  woodland

 

·         Wonderful container plant.