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Introducing...

Brunnera

Reliable plants for shadier areas of the garden, these low-growing perennials form spreading clumps, and often have attractively marked foliage. Use them as ground cover in cool parts of the garden with other shade-lovers such as periwinkles (Vinca), and hellebores (Helleborus).

Looks

Heart-shaped, thin-textured leaves can have cream edges or be marked or overlaid with silver. Airy sprays of forget-me-not-like, usually light-blue (sometimes white) flowers appear in mid- to late spring. The foliage dies back in winter.

Likes

Brunneras can grow in any ordinary garden soil, including dry soil, and thrive in cool shady areas.

Dislikes

Plants can rot in very heavy, wet soil and can scorch in full sun particularly on dry soil.

Did you know?

Brunneras make a good low-maintenance alternative to hostas in shade gardens, as slug and snail control is unnecessary.

Growing guide

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