early spring, large, mid-green, heart-shaped leaves that look as though they have been dusted with silver appear, followed by tall sprays of tiny, bright blue, forget-me-not-like flowers. For the best variegation, a sheltered, shady site is essential. Although it prefers moist conditions, brunnera will tolerate dry soil once established, and will spread to form a large clump.
Position: partial shade
Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average to fast
Flowering period: April to May
Hardiness: fully hardy