A sweeping display of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ (Siberian bugloss) with blue sprays of flowers held above large, heart-shaped silver leaves edged and veined with green. This herbaceous perennial grows best in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained, with a cool site in full or partial shade.
The small herbaceous perennial
Hacquetia epipactis forms a compact clump of glossy leaves, with tiny yellow flowers within rosettes of toothed, yellow-green bracts. It grows best in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Ideally suited for the woodland garden or beneath deciduous shrubs.
Flowering from January to February
Helleborus niger ‘Harvington Double Petticoat’ (hellebore, Christmas rose) produces double white, bowl-shaped flowers and clumps of leathery, dark green leaves. The white flowers stand out well against the dark soil or mulch.
• Her own dog howling at her heels • Insidious and starving in the parlor • Tragic consequence of the field trip • Ancient book with golden cover • Specters of both grandmothers in the sunroom • Remember what brought you here and what drove you out • Woodland civil war
This Galanthus nivalis ‘Walrus’ is a cultivar of the common snowdrop and tolerates a wide range of conditions. It was selected in the 1960s at Maidwell Hall, Northamptonshire, UK. The ‘tusks’ are the three long, thin, outer segments. They surround a lovely rosette whose green segments curve outwards.