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Jun 17, 2024 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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I wish I had gotten name of this one, it was charming growing along a walkway at Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Jun 17, 2024 7:08 PM CST
Name: Virginia

Possibly Brunnera 'Hadspen Cream'? If you have a more detailed closeup photo that might help with an ID.

I agree that it's lovely, and a nice photo, as well. Thumbs up
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Jun 17, 2024 7:23 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Great banner Nancy!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 18, 2024 6:53 AM CST
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Name: Nancy
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I found the original photo from 2011, complete with a nameplate for it in the back that I didn't notice before: Brunnera Macrophylla 'Variegata'. I'm now tempted to try one of the Brunnera's by the front porch stairs where it's really deep shade all day because of being in the corner of the porch and the stairs, and also fully shaded by an old magnolia tree. I really like this one and Jack Frost but I'm getting tired of wasting money in that spot.

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Jun 18, 2024 4:37 PM CST
Name: Virginia

Brunnera are supposedly a good plant for deep shade, and I think the variegated one, especially, would brighten up a shady corner. I would love to grow it if I thought it'd be happy with our hot and humid summers... Sighing!
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Jun 18, 2024 4:40 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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I tried a hosta there, but it really didn't do much of anything, stayed small and spindly. I finally moved it and let it grow larger in a different spot, and then moved it back to the deep shade corner this spring, so I'll see how it does this summer. I also just planted 3 vinca vines there to see how they'll do. Even if the hosta does manage to do better now that it's larger, I'd still love the variegated brunnera to help brighten up the corner too, and cover up more of it.
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Jun 21, 2024 7:40 AM CST
Name: Virginia

If the vinca does well there, but you don't love it, maybe try variegated vinca for that 'enlightening' effect?
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