Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' in May

Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ in May


Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' in May

Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ in May


Pulmonaria 'David Ward' in May

Pulmonaria ‘David Ward’ in May


Pulmonaria 'Little Star' in May

Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’ in May


Pulmonaria 'Opal' in April

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ in April


Pulmonaria 'Opal' in May

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ in May


Pulmonaria 'Rasberry Splash' in May

Pulmonaria ‘Rasberry Splash’ in May


Pulmonaria saccharata 'Excalibur' in May

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Excalibur’ in May


Pulmonaria saccharata 'Excalibur' in May

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Excalibur’ in May


Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs Moon' in May

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Mrs Moon’ in May


Pulmonaria augustifolia subsp. azurea in April

Pulmonaria augustifolia subsp. azurea in April


Pulmonaria longifolia 'Diana Clare' in May

Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diana Clare’ in May


Pulmonaria longifolia 'Diana Clare' in October

Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diana Clare’ in October


Pulmonaria seedling foliage in June

Pulmonaria seedling foliage in June


Pulmonaria seedling foliage in October

Pulmonaria seedling foliage in October


Pulmonaria seedling foliage in October

Pulmonaria seedling foliage in October

(Revised 14 Feb 2014)
The quiet beauty of Pulmonarias is indispensable for the shady parts of my garden. The flowers may be early and brief, but their foliage is highly ornamental from early spring into late fall. In mid-summer, they typically go through a decline, but this can be easily taken care of by removing their foliage and new one will emerge and be ready as the weather is cooling off.
They appear to self-sow readily (but not wildly) in my garden. This presents a problem of maintaining the named cultivars intact after a few years. I suspect that many Pulmonarias in the market are probably just derivative seedlings of some kind. For the same reason, many name cultivars are not that distinct from each other.

Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’

This is my best blue Pulmonaria with dark green foliage. It is not very vigorous, but it is a very nice blue.

Pulmonaria ‘David Ward’

This one was reputed to be the best red Pulmonaria, but I would say it is a nice clear pink. It is not a vigorous plant in my garden; ready to leave anytime.

Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’

This is a relatively small Pulmonaria suitable for rockery garden. It has beautiful blue flowers similar to ‘Blue Ensign’, but its foliage has silver markings and does not degenerate quickly into a dark mess after flowering like ‘Blue Ensign’.

Pulmonaria ‘Opal’

This has beautiful opal white flowers. It is a must have.

Pulmonaria ‘Rasberry Splash’

This is a very vigorous big plant with showy reddish pink flowers; one of the best Pulmonarias.

Pulmonaria ‘Samurai’

I don’t particularly like its pure silvery foliage.

Pulmonaria augustifolia subsp. azurea

This another pure blue flower Pulmonaria with dark green foliage. I have difficulty differentiate it from ‘Blue Ensign’; perhaps a little smaller.

Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diana Clare’

This is a beautiful Pulmonaria with nice pale blue flowers. Its foliage is highly ornamental for the whole season. It is a very vigorous Pulmonaria.

Pulmonaria longifolia subsp. cevenninsis

Pulmonaria officinalis ‘Sissinghurst White’

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Excalibur’

This is the first Pulmonaria in my garden. It has nice mixed blue, pink, lilac flowers. Its foliage is also highly ornamental with nice silvery patterns. It self-sows a lot, but I keep all its babies. After so many years, I still don’t have enough of it.

Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Mrs. Moon’

This Pulmonaria has nice pink flowers and is quite vigorous.

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