The leaves of Brunnera add long season interest to the garden.Photo: © Marie Iannotti
This past month, we have stripped our entire cottage garden of the ground cover that essentially added an X factor to our little cottage garden making it quite lovely. Although we live in an area that’s supposed to have escaped radiation contamination from Fukushima, we’re still wary of the trace contaminants that likely may have been left by rain, so we’ve attempted to do our best by stripping the garden of the thick ground cover growth that once covered our entire garden. Since cesium, etc attaches itself to green leaves, removing most of the undergrowth as well as fallen leaves is said to help considerably.
Now the garden has been stripped bare, I am looking to once again, restore the garden ground cover, but am looking for new forms for a fresh look. Below is a ground cover of Siberian origin that I am looking to plant for awkward corners or “sleeping plant” spots to hide.
My gardening website discovery of the day, btw is: http://www.our-vintage-garden.com/polls/
By Marie Iannotti, About.com Guide
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ has been named the Perennial Plant of 2012. What a great choice. What’s not to love about a shade plant with shimmering silver leaves and bright blue flowers …
- Leaves: The first leaves of the season tend to be oblong, but later leaves are heart-shaped, slightly puckered and many have a tendency to curl or furl. They can be a solid deep green or variegated or spotted with silvery-white.
- Flowers: The delicate, 5-petaled, blue flowers come in sprays held above the foliage. They range from pastel to electric blue, often with a yellow center. As their common name implies, the flowers bear a resemblance to forget-me-nots.
Siberian Bugloss, False Forget-Me-Not, Heartleaf Brunnera