Last time I looked at new brunneras with good flowers, in particular ‘Mr Morse', ‘Henry's Eyes' and ‘Starry Eyes' - all raised in Belgium by Chris Ghyselen. This time, I'm highlighting the new brunneras with good foliage, an area where Chris has also been working.
This year ‘Spring Yellow' was released, a blue-flowered, variety with the addition of foliage which emerges pale yellow. That makes a bright contrast, but the pale spring foliage can look rather watery and washed out, it never seems to attain a rich golden colour before becoming green in summer.
The real breakthrough is ‘King's Ransom', another which will be available next year. Discovered at a nursery in Oregon, this has the highly silvered, green-veined foliage of its parent, ‘Jack Frost', but also features a creamy yellow edge and a dusting of cream over the whole leaf - and all topped with the familiar blue forget-me-not flowers.
Finally, another new form with beautifully patterned foliage to look out for next year. ‘Emerald Mist', another sport of ‘Jack Frost, this time from Michigan, is like an improved form of the familiar ‘Langtrees', with a more striking crown of silver markings towards the edge of the leaf surrounding a heart of green. And the usual pretty blue flowers.
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Spring Yellow' (sometimes seen as ‘Yellow Spring') is available from these RHS PlantFinder nurseries.
Brunnera macrophylla ‘King's Ransom' and ‘Emerald Mist' should be available in 2009.
I know, tempting you with plants you can't actually buy yet is a bit cheeky - but you won't have to wait long. In the meantime, any nurseries listing these plants, please let me know.