Anyone can grow love-in-a-mist! At least, that’s my rather strongly held opinion.
It's easy to cultivate and, once the delicate flowers have wilted, decorative "puffed-up" seed pods will form. These dry brilliantly and look lovely in floral arrangements.
Miss Jekyll is sky blue, lasts for ages in a vase and is also happy in a pot. Snails avoid it (yippee!).
It's best to sow the seeds to look almost a little haphazard or cover a large surface area so they don’t get ‘swallowed up’ by more prominent neighbours.
Their delightful blooms look just like little skirts.
Height: 40 - 50cm (16" to 20")
Hardiness: Hardy annual
Where: Full sun, partial shade
When: Directly outdoors, middle of March to May or August to October.
Spacing: 20cm (8")
Harvesting/Flowering: May to September or the following year, if you sow them late.
Tip: Re-sow two or three times for a longer flowering period.
A paradise for insects
Photos 1, 2 & 3: Janina Laszlo