Silver jewels for the shade! Standing an impressive 12-15 inches tall, 'Looking Glass' sports leaves with an all-over sterling silver patina. This solid silver coating is developed as the leaves age, by early summer. The leaves tend to curl under, adding a softness to its mounded form. Springtime brings clusters of tiny, blue, forget-me-not type flowers which naturally float above the young foliage that is silver with green veins. Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic ground cover when planted en masse, though the variegated forms may be slower growers than the species. Try growing them in containers too so they will be close at hand when you want to snip a few blooms for a spring bouquet.
Brunnera is a woodland plant that should be grown in full shade and consistently moist soil in southern regions. In the north, morning sun is acceptable as long as the soil remains moist. They will grow the fastest and strongest in rich soil. Little care is needed once Brunnera is established. Cut back the old foliage in the spring rather than in the fall; it will help to protect the crown during the winter. A winter mulch is also recommended.
Green with silver coating
Astilbe-Hybrid (Astilbe ), Fern-Japanese Painted (Athyrium niponicum), Foamflower (Tiarella ), Grass-Ornamental (Carex morrowii), Hosta (Hosta ), Hosta (Hosta ), Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis), Ligularia-Bigleaf (Ligularia dentata), Phlox-Woodland (Phlox divaricata laphamii), Snakeroot-Black (Cimicifuga ramosa), Solomon's Seal-Variegated (Polygonatum odoratum)
Cut flower or foliage
Mid to late spring
Full to part shade
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