Common Name: Love-in-a-mist
Cultivar: 'Miss Jekyll'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Time to plant seeds: September to May
Flowering period: July to September
Nigella is an old cottage garden flower, a favourite for scattering wherever there is a gap in the flower border, but also good for short-term massed bedding and for drying. For many years 'Miss Jekyll' was the only widely available variety, and it is still popular for its dependable masses of sky-blue flowers. These last for about eight weeks, and it is worth deadheading or sowing a later batch to extend the season. Sowing in autumn or in March, in a cold frame in paper pots in cold districts, produces early flowers. In windy gardens, support the stems with twiggy sticks.