Forget-me-not MYOSOTIS

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 small flowers and are easy to grow. The only requirements are well-drained soil and a watering 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 ‘Rose 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: Sow seeds in May or June – follow the Biennial technique .

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