Saturday, March 3, 2012

Perennial of the year

We're starting to think about getting back in the garden!  We have had the mildest winter here in southern Ontario. Thought I would share the perennial of the year with you.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ has been named the Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association, a trade organization established to promote the use and sale of herbaceous perennials.

The outstanding characteristics of “Jack Frost” are its large silvery white leaves accented with green veins. In Spring, it has baby blue flowers that resemble forget-me-nots on slender stems. “Jack Frost’ grows 30 to 40 cm tall and is hardy in zones 2 - 9b. Characteristics which make it desirable are its adaptability to a variety of soil types; it can be situated in shade or part shade; it is considered deer resistant; and, the blue-silver cast to the leaves make it a colourful shade plant.

 I have this one in my garden and while it grows slowly in my shady patch, it is well worth planting.  It catches the eye and is a distinctive colour in the border.  Just right for  providing relief from an expanse of green hostas!