Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-25cm
Characteristics: Deciduous shrubs, small clump forming habit, tiny sky-blue flowers, silvery-green leaves, prefers full to partial shade, suitable as groundcover
Growth & Spread: Height 0.3m - 0.4m, Spread 0.6m - 0.8m
Flourishing Season: Flourishes in spring and summer, flowers in Apr - May
Water & Maintenance: Moderate watering required, low maintenance shrubs
Brunnera Sea Heart is an amazing plant for ground cover, forming a thick clump of heart-shaped leaves that look inexplicable and outstanding. These are hairy leaves speckled with silver on dark green and veins that are very eye-catching. Sea Heart is a rhizomatous perennial that grows short in height and spreads like creepers covering the ground quickly. This Eastern European woodland native is popularly grown for its elegant foliage colours.
Sea Heart, or commonly known as the Siberian Bugloss, produces shimmering, silvery heart-shaped leaves with distinct grey-green veining. These thick leaves appear very attractive and unusually beautiful, like the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Unlike other Brunnera, Sea Heart can withstand direct sun as the leaves are thicker in size. And do not forget its Forget-Me-Not-like sky-blue flowers that fade to lavender pink producing a double-tone effect.
Even though Sea Heart has thicker leaves, it still prefers light or full shade for growing. Plant it in a moist soil that is well-drained regularly, in a cool spot or shady borders in the garden. It can tolerate dry soil but only up to a certain limit. Water it moderately and allow some morning sun for a healthier growth.
Sea Heart is an easy to grow garden shrub that requires low maintenance. Low pruning is required to remove any winter-damaged leaves. In spring, one can perform a basic clean up of the fallen leaves or leave them to form mulch in winter.
Use Sea Heart in garden containers, mass plantings or in shady borders. These are perfect plants for groundcover, most suitable for woodland gardens.
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