Walk along your street in springtime and you will find Tulips and Wallflowers… and Forget-me-nots beneath them. For many of us this blue carpet or edging is indispensable in April, but you can grow a white or pink variety for a change. All of them bear dense clusters of smalland are . The only requirements are well-drained soil and a can if the weather is dry.
VARIETIES: Nearly all garden Forget-me-nots are varieties or hybrids of M. alpestris. For traditional blue edging or planting under bulbs choose a compact variety such as ‘Ultramarine’ (deep blue) or ‘Blue Ball’ (indigo blue). For pink edging grow ‘Pink’ or ‘Carmine King’. The tall Forget-me-nots can be grown in a bed of their own – choose from ‘Royal Blue’ (bright blue), ‘Blue Bouquet’ (deep blue) and M. sylvatica ‘Blue Bird’.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in light shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in. – 1 ft.
Spacing: 8 in.
Flowering period: April-May.
PROPAGATION: Sowin May or June – follow the Biennial technique .