Brunnera macrophylla ‘Langtrees’
Lovely rich blue sprays of fine flowers in late winter and early spring are a blessing
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Langtrees’ has lovely foliage. With each heart shaped leaf adorned with a pattern of silver spots.
Scorch resistant & lovely foliage
The foliage is quieter and more refined than the bold silvers of some other Brunnera.
And they are therefore much more resistant to sun scorch.
‘Langtrees’ is one of the hardiest of all the Brunnera
(Scroll down to “Growing” section for plant details & growing advice).
Brilliant blue in late winter
The brilliant blue flowers are very welcome. As they come in late winter and early spring to chase away the winter gloom.
A hardy Brunnera
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Langtrees’ can tolerate more sun and periods of dry than many other cultivars.
So use it as an edging plant along a path, or ground-cover in Deep to Part Shade.
Because it can prosper in low light levels, as well as areas with more sunshine.
So it is perfectly happy under trees and shrubs, or in deeply shadowed areas between buildings.
Growing: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
– Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
– Width: Evergreen, neat foliage clump to a diameter of 20cm – 40cm approx.
– Position: Deep Shade, as well as Partial Shade and Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Brunnera thrive with mulch, and can tolerate most soil types.
They are robustly easy in loam and clay based soils opened up with organic matter.
And they can even prosper in sandy soils, as long as they are well mulched.
Plus they are serene in a range of soil pH, from the acid to the alkaline lime side of neutral.
– Frost: Brunnera are extremely frost hardy, as they tolerate severe frosts to well below -20C
– Water: Normal average garden watering satisfies Brunnera. And they certainly respond well to mulch and compost, which helps even out the moisture content in the soil.
They can tolerate short periods of dry between drinks, and this time extends out when they are well mulched.
– Growth: Neat, shining, evergreen perennial clump of silver spotted foliage.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and other beneficial insects are attracted to the small but vivid, bright blue blooms. Our bees certainly appreciate any flowers on offer late in winter.
– Care: Low maintenance. So simply remove spent flowers and any old leaves after flowering. Otherwise they can just be left alone to get on with their job of glowing with silver in dark areas.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: The foliage is very attractive to us, but luckily is not so attractive to deer and rabbits. Brunnera are also rarely plagued by pests and diseases.
– Origin: Native to the woodlands of Eastern Europe and North West Asia.