Give your garden a cool, airy feel with Miss Jekyll Blend, a quick-to-bloom plant whose flowers attract pollinators, and look great both in the garden and in your bouquet. Interesting seed pods look appealing in dried arrangements, too. Named for Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most influential garden designers of the 20th century. Love-in-a-mist is drought tolerant, and self-sows readily to grace your garden year after year.
• Botanical Name: Nigella damascena
• Family: Ranunculaceae
• Native: Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall
• Variety Information: 1½" papery white, light blue, and dark blue flowers
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Spring
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. For continual bloom, sow every 2 to 4 weeks after initial sowing until midsummer. Also sow in early fall for very early spring bloom.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended; seedlings are sensitive to transplant disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: Barely cover
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"
• Thinning: When 1' tall thin to every 8"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing recently opened flowers with well-colored petals. Seed pods can be harvested at any stage.