Lungwort


spring flowers
Pulmonaria_Silver_Bouquet
Lungworts (weird name) are great for the shaded garden, providing both attractive leaves and pretty flowers. The leaves may be a solid green, spotted or blotched, or silvery, depending on the cultivar.

The silver lungwort shown here is Pulmonaria ‘Silver Bouquet’ – quite the stunner, with its silvery green leaves that are more mildew resistant and heat and humidity tolerant than silver pulmonarias of the past. Its large coral, pink and violet flowers (they change colour as they age) appear in winter and spring.

Though lungworts grow well in most soils, they thrive in fertile, humus-rich soil, so dig in plenty of compost before planting.