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Forget-me-Not Care Guide

Forget-me-Not Care Guide

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced gardener, our essential care guide will help you grow your beautiful Forget-me-Not in your garden.

Forget-me-Not grows back every year and forms a group of 50cm tall, with clear blue flowers and big, heart-shaped leaves on long stems.


  • Perennial, Evergreen
  • Suitable for small gardens
  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Dramatic foliage
  • Safe for children
  • Safe for pets

Botanical name

Brunnera macrophylla

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Where to plant

Choosing the right spot is important for your Forget-me-Now to thrive with the right amount of space and sun.

Forget-me-Now is a hardy perennial plant that is known for its large, heart-shaped leaves and blue or white flowers. Here is a care guide for growing Brunnera:

Plant gift


Prepare your new Forget-me-Now

Unpack your gift as soon as you can, it might be thirsty for some water (if the soils dry) and will be missing the light!

Planting a gift


Give it space and room to grow

When considering a spot for your plant, choose somewhere that is at least an inch wider than the pot all the way round. 

In a few years, your Forget-me-Now can grow up to 50cm height and 50cm spread.

Sun for plants


Give it some sun

Your Forget-me-Now loves to be North facing, east facing and with dappled shade, partial shade, full shade.

Plants that like the sun will enjoy sunny areas that warm up during the day. Southern facing gardens receive the most sun, and will suit plants that won’t frazzle in the heat. You can work out which way your garden faces with a compass (there’s one on your phone) which will point towards North.

Soil types

Step 4

Check your soil

Soil type differs from garden to garden. Your Forget-me-Now will be happiest if your soil is like any of these:

Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

The texture and consistence of your soil is important also as it will determine the level of nutrition and drainage. If you think your soil might be the wrong type for your Forget-me-Now, you could plant it in a pot or container instead!

Plant border

Step 5

Position in border

Picking the right spot to plant in a border affects how well Forget-me-Now will grow and how the border will look overall.

Your Forget-me-Now will be best growing in the front of a border where they can be the star of the show without being squeezed out by taller plants. They can soften the sharp edges of the garden bed and cover up the stems of taller plants growing behind them.

Care for your Forget-me-Now

By following these care tips, your Brunnera will thrive and provide you with beautiful and large heart-shaped leaves, and colorful flowers all season long.

  • Watering

    Brunnera requires regular watering, especially during dry periods. Be sure not to over-water, as this can lead to root rot.

    Learn: Watering plants 
  • Pruning

    Prune Brunnera in late fall or early spring to remove any damaged or diseased foliage. Cut the leaves back to the base of the plant to promote new growth.

    Learn: Pruning 
  • Fertillising

    Brunnera benefits from occasional fertilization during the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or a slow-release fertilizer.

    Learn: Fertillising 
  • Pests & Diseases

    Brunnera is generally pest and disease-free. However, watch out for slugs and snails, which can be controlled by using slug bait or copper wire.

    Learn: Protect from bugs 
  • Protect

    Brunnera is frost-hardy, so it does not need protection during cold weather.

    Learn: Protect 
  • Need some help?

    Our Little Eden essentials course gives you all the basic skills you need to help your new plant thrive.

    Little Eden Essentials 

Your Forget-me-Now Calendar

Our handy calendar helps you work out your planting and pruning seasons for your Forget-me-Now.

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar


  • Apr

    Plant, Flowers, Divide

  • May

    Plant, Flowers, Divide

  • Jun


  • Jul

  • Aug

  • Sep

  • Oct

  • Nov

  • Dec

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