2012 perennial of the year: Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

The 2012 winner is Brunnera ‘Jack Frost” — just a great addition to a shady garden. The wide heart shaped leaves shimmer with a frosty silver overlay – the venation is a distinct green. The Forget-Me-Not like flowers are a baby blue, blooming from May to July – unusually early, this year! Not a huge plant at 30 cm – 45cm (12”- 18”) tall with a similar spread, it’s a well behaved addition to your garden – upright and not floppy! The heartleaf brunnera enjoys an average to moist, rich soil but will do okay with less moisture. You can plant it on its own or with other perennials – very adaptable, versatile and easy to maintain.

Well suited to a perennial border or combined with ground cover and hostas. A long-lived plant, but it takes a few years to reach maturity. The word on the street is the rough texture leaf makes the plant less tasty to deer! Hardy as low as zone 4.