Commonly found in woodlands in Northwestern Asia and Eastern Europe, brunneras or Siberian buglosses are fantastic ground-cover plants bearing striking heart-shaped leaves and contrasting frothy blue, forget-me-not type flowers. Effortlessly meandering through the garden, these dependable hardy perennials will require little attention and will make great companions for dicentras and hostas.
Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil preferably located in a cool, shady site. Although they will generally tolerate periods of drought once they are fully established, brunneras prefer moist soils which is why it is important to continuously water young plants to encourage growth — mulching will help maintaining the soil cool and moist. Cut back hard any leaves that revert to green.
Always unpack and plant on arrival.
Problems, pests and diseases:
Brunneras do not usually suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.