From late spring to early summer, clouds of knee-high, misty-blue forget-me-not blooms are a feature of traditional cottage gardens. The charming flowers are tiny but profuse, with evergreen leaves and pale white or yellow eyes. While old-fashioned, the classic beauty of the forget-me-not has ensured that it never goes out of style.
Although not a standalone cut flower, myosotis sylvatica forms a hazy-blue carpet that offers a backdrop to bold-colored spring bulbs like tulips or daffodils. Some varieties come in white or even pink, but the hardy M. sylvatica is the ideal garden species for low-maintenance, perennial masses of blue blooms.
Woodland forget-me-nots are part of the family Boraginaceae, native to Europe. Myosotis is Greek for “mouse ear” and is a reference to the plant’s soft, hairy leaves. The buds emerge pink before opening to five blue petals surrounding a star-like burst of white and yellow.