Myosotis scorpioides

Many of the plants appropriate for damp places are large, particularly in their leaves, but this charming little native forget-me-not, also known as M. palustris, could be grown beside the smallest garden pool. A hardy perennial, it grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) at most, and bears masses of blue forget-me-not flowers with yellow centres in early and mid-summer. A fast grower, it will spread from the verge of the pond into shallow water, making a blue pool of flower on the surface. Being small, it follows that it should be grown with other water-loving plants which will not overwhelm it, such as marsh marigold, or Coltha palustns, with a few irises for variety of shape.

Both the forget-me-not and the marsh marigold need boggy, not just moist, soil. Plant the forget-me-nots 12 inches (30 cm) apart.

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