Brunnera macrophylla

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Brunnera macrophylla


This is like a classy Forget-me-not. It has the same pretty flowers but the blue is more intense, they flower for longer and the leaves don’t become tatty like those of the Forget-me-nots. In early spring it’s such a welcome sight when the flowers appear as they are one of the first really bright colours after the bleakness of the winter months. Excellent as a ground cover or front of the border plant. It’s Spring leaves make a good covering that helps to stop weeds get an early foothold. Click here for more on that.


An easy to care for plant. It’s happy in shade and can cope with sun, but not the absolute heat of midday or the leaves will shrivel and lose their lushness. Cut back once flowering has finished and you’ll get a new crop of healthy leaves and maybe the odd flower. If your plant gets too big, the best time to divide it is between March and May.


Late March to early May


Other shade dwellers like Hosta, Columbine, Lungwort and Campanula are all good companions. Hattie's Pincushion too is worth considering as the flowers follow on from the Brunnera and both make pretty mounds with their leaves.


height - 0.45m
width - 0.65m


• Brunnera macrophylla 'Betty Bowring' - white flowers
• Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' - varigated leaves

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Hattie's Pincushion