Zones: 3 to 8
Light: Part Shade to Shade
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 12″ to 15″
Spread: 12″ to 24″
Brunnera macrophyla is a low-growing perennial that has pretty blue blooms in the spring, and also has beautiful foliage.
If it is kept consistently moist, Siberian Bugloss rewards with a lovely mounded plant that fairly glows in the shaded environment, especially if you have one of the varieties with silver leaves.
In warmer climates, the foliage is evergreen so it will add some much needed color to your winter garden.
Even in cooler climates, the foliage should be left in place to protect the crown over winter and trimmed it back in the spring.
These plants prefer cooler summers, and generally will not perform well in the hot and humid summer conditions of the South.
One of my favorite varieties is ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera which has gorgeous large, variegated, silver heart-shaped leaves, and sports dainty blue flowers in the spring.