Brunnera Are Colorful, Adaptable Plants

By Cindi Sullivan

(LOUISVILLE, May 5th, 2004, 5:30 p.m.) -- If you're looking for a colorful addition to your garden, Garden Talk expert Cindi Sullivan has some advice on one interesting plant.

Brunnera Macrophylla is a great perennial plant that will add color and interest to your garden, and it's a plant that's gaining popularity because it is quite adaptable.

Brunneras will grow in either full sun or shade. They will eventually grow into a nice mound of heart- shaped foliage topped off by sprays of tiny blue flowers.

The flowers are similar to Forget Me Not flowers. Even though they are quite small, they are very eye catching with that pure blue color in early spring.

The leaves of the Brunnera are heart shaped and the various cultivars will provide additional interest. There is a cultivar called Variegata that has creamy white variegation along the leaf margins.

One of my favorite new varieties is called "Jack Frost," which have deep green color along the leaf veins with creamy white in between.

My Brunneras seem to be providing me with the added bonus of self seeding. I'm seeing little seedlings this year here and there, which of course means free plants-- and you gotta love that.