Thursday, July 14, 2016

Plant Profile - Nigella

Love-in-a-Mist has gauzy, fern-like foliage with starry flowers of clean blue.  It contrasts beautiful with plants of rigid form such as irises. It prefers to grow in full sun and the soil should be of average fertility, light and well drained.

It grows 40-60 cm (16-24") tall and has a spread of 20-30 cm (8-12") in flower colours of blue, white pink and purple.  This plant resents having its roots disturbed, so direct seed in spring.  Love-in-a-mist has a tendency to self-sow and may show up in unexpected spots in the garden for years to come.  

This attractive, airy plant is often used in mixed beds and borders where the flowers appear to be floating over the delicate foliage.  The blooming may slow down and the plants may die back if the weather gets too hot for them during the summer. 

The stems of this plant can be a bit floppy and may benefit from being stalked with twiggy branches.  Poke the branches in around the plants while they are young, and the plants will grow up between the twigs.

Give it a try in your garden this season


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

One of my favorites - and a glorious photo

Ruth Hiebert said...

This is a dreamy picture and so beautiful.

Lisa Gordon said...

I've never heard of this, Jen, and what a beauty it is.
Magical photograph.
It is so nice to see you here.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. xo.