|Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’|
One of the first of the herbaceous perennials to flower in early spring is the pulmonaria. The most popular bright blue colours really stand out in early spring against a backdrop of narcissus. There are many varieties with spotted or variegated foliage with cream markings giving an added interest once flowering has finished.
There are other more unusual colours such as the salmon of David Ward and Victoria Broach whose colours change as the flower ages from pink to purple.
It grows to around 20cm (9”) with the flowers held above this so is suited to the front of borders. It will readily grow in partial shade and also in full sun and prefers moist but not waterlogged soil.
It can suffer from mildew which is most likely to occur in summer if it is allowed to dry out so dig in organic matter when planting to help retain moisture. It is not normally affected by insect pests. Being a herbaceous perennial its leaves die off over winter to emerge the following spring and will then be clear of any damage.
|Pulmonaria ‘David Ward’||Pulmonaria angustifolia||Pulmonaria ‘Opal’||Pulmonaria ‘Victorian Broach’|