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Planting Instructions for Brunnera:

Bloom Time:  Spring Light:  Light sun to full shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, well-draining, woodland-like soil Moisture:  Average
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep, mulch 1 to 2" Spacing: 15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Brunnera likes to stay on the dry side when bare root, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out slightly. Plant everything within a day or two of arrival.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Brunnera in a shady spot in humus-rich, well-drained woodland type soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  When planted a little deeply it will keep your Brunnera cool and they will be more drought tolerant. They typically wilt to let you know they need moisture then should be watered deeply. During the summer we water our Brunnera about once a week and they grow quite well. Too much moisture can encourage black spot so allow the soil to dry out between deep waterings.

Spacing:  15 to 18" or more, depending on coverage desired

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1" below soil level and then mulch them after planting. This keeps them cool and moist in the summer and protects them from drying winds in the winter.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with compost or peat humus, as needed, and mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in lightly. Brunnera prefer a slightly dry start so we only water them in once and then let them sprout. Too much moisture early will damage the new shoots before they get a chance to emerge. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water as needed to keep them from wilting, but once established they are fairly drought tolerant.

Landscape Uses:  Brunnera make excellent ground cover plants in the woodland garden. Use the variegated and silver leaved varieties as accents in the shade garden where they combine well with hostas, ferns, Pulmonaria, bleeding hearts (Dicentra), and spring bulbs such as dwarf daffodils.

All varieties of Brunnera will self-sow freely and if allowed to continue the seedings may be considered invasive over time. The silver varieties like Jack Frost or Looking Glass will have highly variable seedlings. Any solid green seedlings from those varieties should be weeded out to prevent them from taking over the more desirable silver leaf plants.

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