Perennial of the Year 2012

The Perennial Plant Association selected Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ for their Perennial Plant of the Year™ award for 2012.

Brunnera macrophylla - Jack Frost

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – 2012 Perennial of the Year
(Photo: Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Perennial of the Year

In 1990, the Perennial Plant Association began a program to feature an outstanding perennial for the year. If you are looking for a perennial for your next landscape project or something reliable and attractive for your garden, be sure to check out their archive list.

Nominations generally need to satisfy the following criteria:

  • Suitability for a wide range of climatic conditions
  • Low-maintenance requirements
  • Relative pest- and disease-resistance
  • Ready availability in the year of promotion
  • Multiple seasons of ornamental interest

Read about the selection process here.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

“Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ PP13859 grows 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows well in hardiness zones 3 to 8.”

“Brunneras are treasured for their shade tolerance and early baby-blue, forget-me-not like flowers. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ has enchanting silvery leaves with green venation and a thin green margin. One common name for this perennial is heartleaf brunnera because the emerging leaf enlarges to a heart shape.”

“Plants thrive in the shade but will tolerate morning sun if the soil conditions remain moist.”

“‘Jack Frost’ brunnera may be used along the front of the shade border, is excellent in a container, or can be combined with other ground cover perennials such as hostas, ferns, and epimediums. The silver foliage lights up a dark garden from spring to fall.”

Read more about Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Plants that are chosen as the perennial of the year are excellent choices for your garden, especially if you’re a beginner. They are hardy and thrive in less than ideal condition.

Do you have a shady spot that ‘Jack Frost’ might brighten up? Have you ever grown this perennial? Let me know your experience in the comments below.