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Colorful Flowerbed in Half Shade

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Just because you have a shady garden does not mean you have to sacrifice color. Here’s an idea for a colorful flower bed for half shade that will look stunning from early spring to late fall. Some of the color comes from blooms but don’t underestimate what plant foliage and texture can bring to a bed!

This combination will do fine up to Swedish hardiness zone 4 which is the equivalent to US zone 5ish.

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Perennial Combo

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3D rendering of the flower bed

How to Divide and Propagate Brunnera

It’s really easy to to divide and propagate Brunnera Macrophylla. To quickly get new plats from an existing split the plant in two while still in the ground, dig up one of the two halves and re-plant it somewhere else.

Step 1: Separate the leaves into two groups

Step 2: Use a shovel to dig down in the middle and split the plant in two

Step 3: Dig up on one of the halves

Make sure that both halves have healthy roots!

If you want to be extra sure the roots are ok, dig up the whole plant before splitting it. It’s an extra step that allows you to see where the roots are and where to best make the split. While adding extra control it’s a bit more work and I find that in most cases the plants do fine without it.

Step 4: Find a new home for your plants

Brunnera ’Jack Frost’, Boxwood, Heuchera ’Obsidian’, Creeping Jenny & Begonia

Fall is a good time to divide perennials that bloom early in the season. It doesn’t disturb the blooms and gives the plant time to recover.

Brunnera ’Jack Frost’ & Geranium ’Rozanne’ – The Perfect Perennial Combo

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I recently back-planted my Brunnera ’Jack Frost’ with Geranium ’Rozanne’ (’Gerwat’). It has turned out to be a winning combo! The mix of silver foliage of the Brunnera and blue blooms of the geranium looks absolutely beautiful.

The go together so well that it almost look like they’re the same plant.

Brunnera ’Jack Frost’ and Geranium ’Rozanne’ (’Gerwat’)

One Flower Bed – Two Seasons

In the spring, this bed starts off with shining pink Tulips ’Foxtrot’. Their color also goes really well together with the Brunnera. Later when the tulips begin to look tired the Geranium takes over and goes on all the way to fall.

Pretty blue blooms of the Geranium ’Rozanne’ peaking up from behind the Brunnera ’Jack Frost’