Brunnera macrophylla is a flowering perennial.
It is a Forget-Me-Not that has large branching sprays of small, pale blue flowers that tower above the leaves.
The flowering period is generally April to June.
The leaves are large and heart shaped. They are rough to the touch and have a green colouring. Some varieties – brunnera macrophylla variegata (like mine) have variegated leaves which have a green and creamy-grey colouring.
It is a ground cover plant that requires well drained soil and grows best in the shade.
Clumps can be divided in the Autumn or Spring.
I have my brunnera growing under the large apple tree that borders my garden and orchard.
When I bought my brunnera a few years ago, I thought that I had lost the plant after the first Winter as it died away, but then in early Spring I was pleased to find that the foliage grew back, so don’t worry if your brunnera seems to die away in the Winter months.
I dedicate this article to my friend Sarah who visited the other day and commented on how pretty the brunnera looked under the old apple tree.