Brunnera - Queen of Hearts - Added to Backyard

The photo you see above shows a trio of Brunnera Queen of Hearts planted in the north side rear bed surrounded by some transplanted hostas in a sort of 'ring' or 'hoop' shape.  How these Brunnera got to my yard is a story about YouTube gardening and the influence of creators like Laura @ Garden Answer.  

A few weeks ago, I watched this video where she talked about 15 perennials that every garden should have that included a mention of Brunnera.  So, it was suddenly on my radar.  And, when I found myself at Home Depot on a recent visit where I came across this Queen of Hearts cultivar, I grabbed three of them and knew where I'd plant them - despite them NOT being in our plan. 

Here, below, is a look at the tag from the Proven Winners version and what it looked like in the nursery container:

As I mentioned above, the plan doesn't CALL for these, but this area is what I called Priority Area #2 from this year - the woodland area.  These are now to the east of the newly planted Weeping Nootka Falsecypress tree and - as mentioned above - is now surrounded by some divided hostas.

Walter's Garden describes Queen of Heart as a stunner with silver leaves and baby blue flowers:

This stunning foliage perennial will be the queen of the shade (and your heart). Compared to its companion plant 'Jack of Diamonds', 'Queen of Hearts' has more heart-shaped leaves and more pronounced silver overlay with narrower bands of dark green veining. From mid to late spring, baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms are held in clusters above the foliage.

I planted these pretty far apart knowing they have a 24-28" spread and when mature they'll fill in a bunch of the space you see in the photo above.  I think this area could tolerate one more of these Brunnera planted right in the middle of this drift, but we'll see how much they cover by next Spring to decide if I augment these three with another one.


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