Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign'

The best thing in the garden at the moment is Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' a fantastic lungwort with dark velvety leaves and the most vibrant cobalt blue flowers. The flowers with the light shining through them are the colour of bristol blue glass.
They are undemanding plants - I have them in a patch under some red stemmed dogwood and they thrive despite the grass which creeps into the bed each year. They are plants suited to woodland margins and prefer rich soil in dappled shade but also seem fine in a sunny spot in Scotland. If they are happy they will gently spread theyselves about but do not become invasive.
I got my original plant 6 years ago at Buckland Plants - an excellent family run nursery 3 miles outside Kirkcudbright. Rob and Dina Ashbridge are the owners and have put together a fantastic range of border and woodland perennials - their hellebores and blue meconopsis poppies are particularly fine. They have an really good mail order catalogue - they pack up plants securely and use reliable carriers - I haven't had a single duff plant from them. As the nursery is on top of a hill, and as they propogate their own plants, they produce very hardy plants that establish quickly.

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