My choice for April's Plant of the Month is Pulmonaria x 'Trevi Fountain'. There can be no other stunner that is used very little in the garden.
I happened upon it about five years ago when I mail ordered three of these lovely plants. I am not sure what happened to the other two because I now only have one, but the one is about two feet wide by two feet. That is a presence. It is a low grower and likes a moist, acidic and somewhat cool soil.
I planted all three under a crabapple tree (Prairiefire) in a low area on the north side of my garden. While the spot is protected, somewhat shaded, and gets some water from runoff, the spot is also prone to sun. This plant went semi-dormant last summer. Lucky it, sometimes I wish I could've with all the heat and drought. As you can see, it has bounced back wonderfully.
Pulmonaria's common name is Lungwort. I believe this comes from the latin prefix name of 'pulmon', which has something to do with lungs and breathing. I hope you can see the speckled leaves but in addition to having about three colors of flowers (pink, purple, and blue), it also has a soft gray green leave with gray spots.
I have had difficulty dividing and won't even attempt to do so anymore. Many visitors would love some-can't share it though. I need to get better at propagating like Dave over at The Home Garden.
This plant will bloom for a month or so and the foliage looks good about nine or ten months out of the year. There is no fragrance to the flowers, but it is still my choice for Plant of the Month.
in the garden....mulching of course! I have some much needed paper bags and newspapers...now to go get the pine needles from my neighbor.