April 2008 Plant Profile: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

“So good, it’s almost too good” my friend and colleague Richie Steffen, Curator at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, said about this plant when it was selected as a Great Plant Pick (www.greatplantpicks.org).  This is a fairly new addition to the Soest garden as part of a collection of various silver-variegated cultivars. ‘Jack Frost’ is, by far, the most popular of these selections for its large heart-shaped silver leaves netted in green, profuse “forget-me-not” blooms in mid-late spring, and remarkable vigor and hardiness. It is fabulous in containers and in Bed 6 of the Soest Garden a happy clump is establishing under ornamental grasses. When grown in more shade, it is stunning growing with the silvery tones of Japanese Painted Ferns, Blue Hostas and Epimediums.

Family: Boraginaceae
Origin:
Garden Origin
Height: 24” with flowers

Spread: 30”

Bloom Time: Late March-May
Bloom Color: Pale Blue
Sun: Part-Full Shade (avoid hot afternoon sun)
Water/Soil: Moist/rich-well drained. Requires minimal summer watering.