Jack Frost Heartleaf
A sport of (and improvement over!) everyone's favorite, Brunnera 'Langtrees'!
Each silvery leaf is elaborately veined in bright green, like moss growing between stepping-stones!
Plant Patent 13,859.
One of the most exciting Brunneras to come along in years, 'Jack Frost' adds hard-to-find color and dramatic texture to the shade garden with bright silver leaves veined in deep green. These rounded leaves are perfectly formed, facing up and out for maximum show, and offer a brilliant backdrop to the small clusters of bright blue flowers that appear in earliest spring.
'Jack Frost' grows 12 to 15 inches tall (up to 18 inches when the slender bloomstalks sway above the foliage) and 18 inches wide in the partially shaded garden. It prefers acidic soil, but is generally not fussy about conditions, withstanding cold snaps admirably and tolerating soil of poor fertility. The clumps are very dense and plump in appearance, so if you are planting more than one together, space the plants 18 to 24 inches wide to give them space to show off their nicely rounded form.
Brunnera is a superb companion to mainstays of the shade garden such as Hostas, Ferns, Pulmonarias, and particularly Hellebores, which often bloom at the same time as 'Jack Frost.' Try a combination planting of 'Jack Frost' and the Royal Heritage Hellebores -- the Brunnera's silvery leaves will highlight the unusual colors of the Hellebore blooms, and the frosty foliage pairs nicely with the deep green, slightly toothed leaves of the Hellebores. Or, for an entirely different look in the shade garden, consider a planting of 'Jack Frost' and the phantom-white fern Athyrium 'Ghost'. The silver and white foliage will lighten the shade and offer superb contrast to the surrounding greens.
Difficult to locate, 'Jack Frost' is easy to grow and a truly distinctive plant you will enjoy in a variety of settings. It asks only moist, well-drained soil. Zones 3-7.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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Beautiful even when neglected
I planted one several years ago and am always delighted when I start my spring clean up and see this hardy little plant in bloom. When I said hardy, I mean it. I plant it and it must grow with my great expectations rather that lots of attention.
We purchased two of the Jack Frost, we based our decision on the very helpful grow zone chart, and the fact that it would be quite shaded. They plant has not yet flowered, but it looks healthy and is growing. I love the white on the leaves! Another great purchase from Wayside.
superb in the semi-shade garden
Brunnera, if planted in the right place and soil, is a fabulous addition to the shade garden - with a backdrop of tall ferns and in the company of shy Liriope or Pulmonaria.