It is only recently that Brunnera have received the attention they deserve. Forty years ago a snooty Graham Stuart Thomas wrote that even to describe the plant as ‘cabbagey’ was to flatter it. He might have changed his opinion if he had been alive to see some of the modern cultivars, with silvered foliage. I think the best of new Brunneras have the plain green, heart-shaped leaves of the species but with sprays of sparkling white flowers. There is no dirtiness about the colour: it really is a pure, clean white. It is floriferous and long flowering – going on from February until May.