I might be an extroverted plant snob but that doesn’t mean I can’t recognise my garden’s quiet achievers. In spring, my shady woodland areas are thickly carpeted with self-sown annual forget-me-nots ( Myosotissylvatica) while their taller Chinese relative,
Cynoglossumamabile, seeds freely under my fruit trees. I wouldn’t be without either, and I never will be, as their sticky seed heads cling to my sleeves and trousers (not to mention our dog). If you like the dainty flowers of forget-me-nots but fancy a bit more oomph, mass plant Brunnera
macrophylla ’Jack Frost’, which has silver foliage with very striking veins.