Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Remember that Forget Me Nots are woodland plants and so need the general characteristics of woodland if they are to thrive.
Provide them with rich soil to simulate the rich soil of a forest floor that is continually enriched with falling leaves.
I've found that leaf compost really works best for this purpose, but other forms will do as well, just so long as they're rich in the organic matter these plants favor.
Make sure the soil is moist, but not wet and soggy - remember that these plants are native to forests, not marshes. Mulch is highly beneficial, and indeed absolutely necessary. The best time to apply mulch is in Spring and Fall or Autumn.
Rich organic mulch will protect the roots, hold in moisture, and keep the plant cool.
The varieties of Forget-Me-Not that are biennial will generally be easy to maintain over the years as they tend to self-sow, so propagation is not a problem once you establish them in your garden.
These are highly recommended and extremely popular shade flowers, and with good reason.
Among the most popular varieties there is velvet forget-me-not and hairy forget-me-not plants.
There are a great many varieties of Forget Me Nots, and you can find a lot of differently colored flowers - some of the popular colors are white, blue or pink, and the centre can be yellow or white, depending on the species.
The plants themselves are very attractive to look at, forming low mounds that can be between six to ten inches tall - of course this varies from species to species. The flowers shoot up above the mounds like little stars.
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