Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jack Frost Brunnera

I bought Jack Frost Brunnera the very first year it became available commercially.  I paid $35 for a teeny tiny plant in a 4" pot.  It was worth it.  This plant is a pleasure.  It is one of the first to bloom in the spring and its little true blue flowers are so pretty.  Jack Frost holds its variegation unlike other Brunneras.
This plant is called Hadspen Cream Brunnera.  Its leaves are supposed to look like this.  It did the first year.  After that it was solid green.Still pretty mind, but definitely not worth the extra dollars I paid for the pretty variegation.

Jack Frost on the other hand has never lost its variegation and I have had it for years.  It thrives in shade and one plant easily becomes multiple plants since it responds so readily to dividing.  The blooms are only around for a few weeks in the spring, but the leaves hold their own the rest of the summer and if you pair it with something like red impatiens, the effect can be dramatic! 

In the garden the last couple of days I've gotten the chard planted and about half of the leeks.  I also put in a new rhododendron in the new shade bed along with a Strawberries and Cream Hydrangea. This particular hydrangea is a zone 7 plant and probably has no prayer of making it through the winter in my garden.  It is so gorgeous though, I bought it as an annual and will try and baby it this fall to see what happens.

Otherwise, the beets and zinnia have sprouted.  The pea patch looks like it was dug up by a critter.  I'll need to do some investigative digging in that area in a couple of days.  I really really need to get the carrots in in the next few days as well.  The soil prep for carrots is such a pain, but I want them in and and happy well before the heat arrives.  With this whacko weather, that could happen any time now.


Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

Your Jack Frost is looking great and I'm thrilled to read of your success with it. I planted a few of them last year and I'm happy with how strong they've emerged this year. What a disappointment about Haspen Cream though. I planted a couple other Brunneras as well including Diane's Gold and Looking Glass. I hope they don't suffer the same fate as Haspen Cream.

Northern Shade said...

This is one of my favourite garden plants. It's very reliable, and has both good looking leaves and flowers. 'Looking Glass' holds its silver colour well, too. 'Mr. Morse' has the same leaves, but white flowers, and it hold the silver pattern as well.

Stacy said...

Northern Shade have you found that Looking Glass seems to be more susceptible to sun scald? I had a very pretty plant that I lost when ComEd cut a limb down and put it in the afternoon sun. The Jack Frost in the same area did fine.