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Bee Balm (Monarda hybrids)

You'll love this easy-to-grow garden flower

Bee Balm-Monarda hybridsSome bee balm plants, also known as Monarda, will do anything for attention. Grow anywhere. Sprout wild, weird, spiky flowers. Attract winged visitors by the dozen. These flowers come in a range of colors guaranteed to give everyone a choice: Red, white, lavender and shades of pink from salmon to magenta. The flowers aren't fragrant, but the minty, aromatic foliage makes up the that. (The scent resembles the smell of Earl Gray tea.) You'll love this easy-to-grow garden flower!

Bee Balm comes in a range of colors: Red, white, lavender and shades of pink from salmon to magenta. The flowers aren't fragrant, but the minty, aromatic foliage makes up for that. The scent resembles the smell of Earl Gray tea.

Bee Balm in every garden

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These nectar-producing plants are an absolute must in any bee, butterfly or hummingbird haven. Any color will attract these flying friends, but be sure to include a few red ones somewhere - hummingbirds seem to notice the red ones first.

Bee balm fits easily into an informal garden, where its bright colors and open, spreading shape really blend in with the causal look. Even though, this is a tough plant, many people make the mistake of thinking it likes hot, dry sites. It doesn't mind the hot sun, but in USDA zone 7 and warmer, it prefers some afternoon shade.

Be sure that your bee balm has plenty of water all summer, too. If the plants are healthy, they'll rebound longer and won't have as many problems with powdery mildew. Learn more about how to cope with this pesky condition in
 "Powdery mildew."

Most bee balms spread quickly, especially in the South. Try them in a naturalized setting, where it doesn't matter if they stray. Plant them where they're enclosed by sidewalk, walls or fence, or treat them like mint, Planting them in a sunken container.

It is as easy to divide bee balm as it is to pull it - in spring, just dig out a section along the edge of the clump and replant.

Bee Balm Facts:

15 to 48 in. tall;
18-to 24 in. wide (spreads)
Flowers in shades of re, pink, purple or white
Bloom early to midsummer
Sun to part shade
Well-drained, moist soil
Powdery mildew can be a problem
Cold-hard in USDA Zones 4 to 8
Heat-tolerant in AHS Zones 8 to 1

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