Garden Tip 48:

FORGET ME NOT!

Every spring garden should include a planting of the flowering Forget Me Not, Myosotis, a biennial. Forget Me Not flower for weeks and weeks in the garden. Starting out at just a few inches tall they burst out into puffy blue clouds of color that can become almost two feet tall.

Adaptable to sun or shade they are a great complement plant to spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils and mix well with perennials such as hosta and hellebore. After weeks of flowering the clouds of blue become crispy and brown and the plant has gone to seed.

Old plants have a fibrous root and are easily pulled when the seed pods are ripe. Seed can be scattered at this time to sow plants for next year’s flowers. There are always more than enough of seed pods so I gather them up and sprinkle them in other parts of the garden that could use a splash of this glorious spring color!

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