Forget-Me-Not Companions: Plants That Grow With Forget-Me-Nots

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The forget-me-not is a popular and pretty late spring to early summer bloomer beloved by gardeners. The flowers don’t last long, though, so you need to know what forget-me-not companions will grow well with them and provide continuous blooms as well as varied color and height.

Growing Forget-Me-Nots

These petite blue flowers are gardener favorites for several reasons: they are easy to grow, are low maintenance, can tolerate shade, and most of all they provide pretty flowers. Plant them once and they will self-seed and spread easily without getting weedy. Grow these in shady areas or in full sun. Forget-me-not plants will tolerate either setting. Once growing, you can leave them alone. There is little you need to do to help them thrive, but you can choose some excellent companion plants to grow with forget-me-not flowers to add more interest to the garden.

Companion Plants for Forget-Me-Nots

Native to the U.S., forget-me-nots are easy to grow here. This is a pretty wildflower that will do its own thing. To maximize the look of your flower garden, pick some of these flowers to go with them: Spring bulbs. Plant your forget-me-nots amongst the daffodil and tulip bulbs that bloom in early spring. You’ll get the bulbs first, then the forget-me-nots, with a little overlap that adds great visual interest to a bed. Roses. Roses have all of their beauty up at the top, with the blooms. Most gardeners prefer to cover up their thorny legs and forget-me-not plants make a great choice for the job, as they will grow up to about 2 feet (61 cm.) tall. Shade foliage. When planting next to forget-me-nots, don’t forget the greenery. For your shady areas, you can combine forget-me-nots with ferns, hostas, or the various foliage colors of heuchera. Rock cress. Another pretty and prolific bloomer, rock cress creeps and drapes over ledges, but also spreads out to form a low mat of color in late spring and summer. With forget-me-nots behind it, you will have two layers of pretty colors. The plants that grow with forget-me-nots are nearly unlimited. If they look nice together, grow in similar conditions, and you like them, go for it.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.