Outstanding Perennial In The Shade Garden # 1 – Pulmonaria

Lungwort, pulmonaria ‘cotton cool’, not so great a name but really a great plant!  This is one of my favorite perennials!

A really striking addition to a beautiful garden!

It is very hardy and very forgiving, especially when I decide to divide it at times of year that are ‘less optimal’.

It grows in shady to semi-shady spots in our garden.  Bright sun will burn or bleach the leaves.

The foliage is such a light silver gray – green color that it really lights up the shady areas where it is planted.   The spring blooms are a real bonus, notice the different colors, from pinks, lavenders and blues all on the same plant.   The long tapered leaves later in the season is the reason it is so prized in my garden.

It has proven to be a very vigorous plant and I divide it almost every year because it is so cool that there is always another place I would like to use it.

Slugs find it mildly interesting in the damp spring but it seems to be of no interest to rabbits, deer or elk, which means I don’t have to defend it with netting or fences.  I love that!

We have it planted at the base of several deciduous trees,  the trees will protect it from the sun when they leaf out.  We also have it planted with some very large blue hostas.  The combination of those foliage colors are really striking.  The color is really outstanding in contrast to the violet black foliage of the ‘Black Beauty’ elderberry.  WOW!   I will post more photos of it later in the season!

No reason not the try these!


About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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2 Responses to Outstanding Perennial In The Shade Garden # 1 – Pulmonaria

  1. peachyteachy says:

    We have the same theme! 🙂 Does this pulmonaria get ragged as the season progresses, as some others do?

  2. Pingback: the plants tell – let’s interview them: it’s a spring out of a thousand may-be (‘cool hostas’) | Clemens Buur – van Lennep

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