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Forget Me Nots

  • Zone: 5 to 9
  • Height: 1/2' to 1'
  • Spread: 3/4' to 1'
  • Bloom time: June to August
  • Bloom description: sky blue with yellow center
  • Sun: full sun to part shade
  • Water: medium to wet

How to Use Forget-Me-Nots in the Garden

Forget-me-not flowers grow best where they can be allowed to naturalize, especially in areas that are too wet to support the root system of other flowers. Plant woodland forget-me-nots in border fronts, rock gardens, wild gardens, woodland areas or around ponds. They look spectacular when interplanted with spring bulbs and alongside other shade-loving plants, such as hostas. True forget-me-nots can be placed directly in the soils of muddy banks at the waterline. They will spread by creeping rhizomes but are not overly aggressive.

How to Grow Forget-Me-Nots

In areas where winter temperatures hit zero degrees Fahrenheit or below, sow the seeds outdoors several weeks before the last frost date. Forget-me-nots are often grown as an annual by starting seeds indoors about eight to 10 weeks before the last frost for bloom the same year. In milder climates, sow seeds in fall for spring bloom.

Forget-me-nots are easy to grow as long as they have organically enriched soil, regular-to-ample water and partial shade. They prefer moist soil with good drainage in a sunny or shady spot. Forget-me-nots perform best in cool weather and in areas where summers are not excessively hot.

It’s possible to grow woodland forget-me-nots in containers as long as their water, soil and light conditions are met. True forget-me-nots can also be grown in containers submerged in shallow water.