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Forget-me-nots: an herb for a shady spot

forgetmenotForget-me-nots. or mouse ears,  are  perennial herbs that bloom in the spring.  They are excellent ground cover and make good border plants as well.

In the language of flowers, forget-me-nots do actually mean forget me not. It also represents hope, true love, remembrance, and memories.

Like most herbs, forget-me-nots have some medicinal uses, and the entire plant is used to make medicines for nosebleeds and lung complaints. I have never used it in these ways, and I would consult a physician before trying it.

How to Plant

  • Pick a shady spot in your garden at the end of summer.
  • Prepare the soil by adding in  a fertilizer, such as bone meal.
  • Scatter the seeds.
  • Water.

The seeds will settle in, and you will have this charming plant in the spring. Forget-me-nots are a bit wild and will reseed themselves with no help from you–but they may reseed anywhere in your shady garden. If you don’t like where they pop up the following year, simply move them to where you would like them to be.

Forget-me-nots are an easy plant to grow if you are just beginning and are not sure what to plant in a shady area. Best of all, deer don’t care for them! Forget-me-nots are ideal around walkways or edges of gardens.

Happy gardening!