Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'
Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'

Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'

"Siberian bugloss"

Brunnera 'Betty Bowring'

1 bare root — £2.48

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Description

Brunnera 'Betty Bowring' is a fabulous herbaceous perennial, forming a clump up to 45cm high, and a little more across. It produces broad sprays of small, white, delicate-looking star-shaped flowers. Technically, this plant is listed as flowering in April and May; in reality, however, it frequently flowers as early as February and as late as June. The blooms make a dramatic contrast to the large, heart-shaped, mid- to deep green leaves on long stalks. These leaves are every bit as attractive as the flowers. The flowers rise on narrow stems, which grow taller as the leaves emerge, so they never get smothered. You may even get a second flush of flowers in late summer.

Brunnera macrophylla 'Betty Bowring' produces nectar-rich flowers, so it is a great attraction for early-flying bees. The foliage forms good clumps throughout the warmer months, which is great for softening the edges of paths, or mixing in with other shade-loving plants, such as Hosta, Pulmonaria and Lamium. This white-flowering Siberian bugloss is more tolerant of sun than some varieties, but only if grown in a moisture-retentive soil.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Brunnera macrophylla 'Bettry Bowring'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Brunnera 'Betty Bowring' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Siberian bugloss" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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