U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shade Garden Duet

My small and relatively young shade garden is awakening. These are two of my favorites.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Named for the Swiss botanist Samuel Brunner (1790-1844).
 Common name - Siberian Bugloss.

 True blue flowers resemble those of Forget-me-not. This is where its other name comes from: False Forget-me-not. I find Brunnera's flowers striking. Their color reminds me of a Blue Poppy.  Alternate leaves help to catch light in a shady spot. They  are attractive in several regards: heart shape, silvery color, green veins. Very showy! What is interesting about them is that I can almost see them getting bigger.
What attracts me to this plant: easy to grow, low maintenance, cold hardy, both shade and sun tolerant, long bloom, color of flowers is rare, both foliage and flowers are pretty, deer resistant, no pests.
I hope it will spread in my garden!

General information:
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade
  Full Shade

Soil Type

Soil pH

Soil Moisture

Care Level
Flower Colour
  Light Blue

Blooming Time
  Mid Spring
  Late Spring

Foliage Color
  Light Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover

Flower Head Size

   30-40 cm
   12-16 inches

   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches

Growth Rate

Credits: The New Perennial club

Trillium kurabayashi 'Giant Red'
Common name - Giant purple wakerobin
 The species is named in honor of a Japanese botanist, Masataka Kurabayashi, who specialized in Trillium. Plants have slightly mottled leaves and robust, broad petalled, upright flowers of deep purple-red color, which are considered to be among the best of the stemless species.
I hope this plant can spread in my garden too!
Credit: A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday, Tatyana.

  2. Tatyana,

    Hope that huge trillium makes a big display in your garden. They take years to amount to much. Never heard of the other plant before.

  3. I love the blue of your 'Jack Frost'. What a sweet flower. Your trillium is really unusual and great.

    By the way, belated birthday greetings. I hope you had a lovely day.


  4. The Brunnera does remind me of the forget me nots...which spread around here. Why I do not have Trillium is still a mystery to me. Love the foliage of it.

  5. That Trillium is great. I hope it makes a home in your shade garden.

  6. Lovely foliage Tatyana. Looking forward to your gardens.

  7. They are both graceful foliage plants. Good choices!

  8. Are you realy have a Birthday today? Happy Birthday! Be healthy and wealthy!!!

  9. I love the jack frost, its such a stunning blue. I have always wanted to try one, but was not sure how they would do in my clay soils. Hope yours flourish!

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  10. Belated Happy Birthday, Tatyana. Hope you had a wonderful day. I grow the beautiful Brunnera but the Trillium is awesome.

  11. Happy Birthday garden friend! Hope you have fun celebrating!

  12. so very Spring touching my heart from far away Sandy

  13. I love the Jack Frost. Does it smell like the forget-me-nots do? Happy Birthday!

  14. Gorgeous photos! I love Brunnera and do not know why it's not in my garden. The blue looks extra beautiful with the silvery leaves.

  15. Both are really pretty. We're trying again with a Trillium since I accidentally stepped on it and killed it last year...oops. Hope you'll share the flower on it when it blooms.

  16. Great foliage and flowering plants. I love plants that pull double duty!

  17. Pretty picture of Jack Frost - mine is just starting to leaf out.

  18. Hello Tatyana,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting...I love your blog and your pics are beautiful...Happy belated Birthday!...I will stop by here again, soon!...Happy gardening!...Greetings from Indiana...Heidi

  19. Envy!!! Trillium heads my list of love-to-have never-seen-here must-be-too-hot-in-spring plants... And what a glorious example!

  20. Tatyana, 'Jack Frost' has started to seed in my garden, and the seedlings have silvery leaves too. Love that trillium. Carolyn

  21. The Trillium is interesting. Will follow your trials.

  22. We've had many brunnera plants die in our shade garden. Not sure why, but I think I'll try them again this year, they're so pretty.

  23. Thank you everyone! I hope these two will behave in my garden.

    Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms, I need to check if Brunnera smells!

  24. I don't have much shade here, but in the tiny bit I do have Jack Frost, isn't it charming?

  25. I have a gorgeous variegated brunnera in my garden that I love, even though it goes dormant by mid-summer. They don't have a fragrance. Yours will spread but you'll need to be patient. I've never grown trillium but they're so beautiful in pictures.

  26. great the Brunnera...I have many varieties...

  27. We have a lot of wild Trillium growing in our woods this year. More then normal it seems...

  28. First, happy birthday to you. Second, I think the little blue flowers on the Brunnera are so sweet. Good luck with it!

  29. These 2 are wonderful additions to your garden.

  30. I really love all these new Brunnera...they are so lovely, both in and out of flower. I really need to add some to the garden this year!

  31. LOVE Brunnera - it adds some good variety/light to shade areas.
    Lost mine in flood last summer :-(

    LOVE trillium! It grows wild in wooded area of my yard- the flooding that I have experienced in that area (floodplain zone) is almost yearly and it keeps coming back!!

    Great additions for you!

  32. I think I am going to need that Trillium, and now that I have fallen for it, I'd better see if it can handle my climate.

  33. Dear Tatyana, I have Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' and love it for all the reasons you gave. I learned a lot about it in this informative post. P x

  34. Thank you, dear gardening friends!!!
    The trillium bud is opening slowly. I hope it won't disappoint us! The Brunnerr is getting more and more flowers!

  35. I have not had the best luck with brunnera but if I could, I would want mounds of it!


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