Pulmonarias – unsung heroes of the spring garden.

Some plants become taken for granted and fail to be fully appreciated. I recently posted about celandines and got lots of favourable comments, so today I shall feature the wonderful pulmonarias with their subtle flowers and unusual foliage.

Here is the classic pulmonaria seen in so many British gardens with flowers in both pink and blue on the same plant and bristled leaves splodged with silver. We grow them in almost every border in our patch but they really prefer a little shade.


The best way to sing the praises of pulmonarias and hopefully encourage a few more gardeners to go out and get some for their own gardens is to put together a little gallery of photos of our plants to show their subtle beauty.

Just click on a photo and follow the journey to see if you are convinced.

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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15 Responses to Pulmonarias – unsung heroes of the spring garden.

  1. I have the standard pink and blue. They are one of the very first plants that bloom here in the spring. They are easy to divide and I now have many as the result of one purchase. This is a good thing.

  2. pbmgarden says:

    A convincing presentation Malc! I used to grow this in my former garden and need to add it to this one. Thanks.

  3. beautiful photos! I have just one pulmonaria that came from my mother’s garden years ago. She calls it the “bride and groom plant”…

  4. Christy says:

    Hi Malc…what a wonderful plant….two of my favorite flower colors on the same plant, how great is that. I will have to check and see if it would grow in this area.

  5. You did a wonderful job of capturing the real beauty of pulmonaria.

  6. Tony says:

    I imagine they are Bee friendly too. Do you see much insect life around them?

  7. PJ says:

    I agree – the bumble bees especially seem to love them. The very pale blue are terrific.

  8. Lovely! We have some pulmonarias in our garden, including one that is a beautiful vivid blue. Don’t know what its called though.

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