Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

variegated Siberian bugloss

Outstanding Qualities

This is one of the best perennials to brighten the woodland garden. The large, heart-shaped, silver leaves are laced with green veins, producing an eye-catching effect. From late winter to early spring, delicate sprays of azure blue flowers—reminiscent of forget-me-nots—appear. Like all Brunnera, this is easy to grow and forms a full, vigorous clump. It’s also slug resistant—a bonus in the woodland garden.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hosta ‘Minuteman’, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Athyrium ‘Ghost’, Polystichum munitum, Sarcococca ruscifolia

Great Color Contrasts: pink, burgundy, purple

Great Color Partners: blue, cream, silver

Culture Notes

Plant this colorful perennial in light to dappled shade and avoid hot afternoon sun. It will grow best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy soils and clay. Regular watering during dry weather will keep the foliage fresh all season long, but once it is established it will survive infrequent watering during summer. Cut back in fall once the foliage become tattered or unsightly. Thick fleshy roots grow deep into the soil and will sprout new plants if they are broken.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering