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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
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A Showy, Native Perennial: Bee Balm

bee BalmMonarda, also known as Bee Balm, Horsemint and Bergamot, is a colorful perennial that is native to North America. It caught the eyes of early settlers in the Colonial days and since then has been hybridized to include a great variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, making Bee Balm a must-have in any perennial garden.

The colorful, crown-shaped flowers of Bee Balm attract an array of Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and other pollinators to the garden in the summer months. Depending on the variety, the height of these beauties can range from 12” to 60” and they prefer full sun with plenty of moisture. We recommend making sure the stems have good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew. All varieties of Bee Balm are unattractive to deer and have a sweet fragrance, making them perfect both in the garden and cut for gorgeous summer bouquets.

Bee BalmBee Balm leaves can be crushed up to make a spicy, fragrant essential oil. This essential oil smells like Bergamot Orange, which is why one of Bee Balm’s common names is Bergamot. The plants have also been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, on a variety of different ailments.

There are over 50 known varieties of Bee Balm in circulation. We carry a large variety of Monarda, including the smaller and compact Fireball, the mildew-resistant Jacob Kline, the tall Marshall’s Delight, and many more.

Bee BalmWhat are your experiences growing Bee Balm in your garden? Please post in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

3 thoughts on “A Showy, Native Perennial: Bee Balm”

  • Jane Neil

    I have had bee balm in my flower bed for about 4 years now and every year after the first two it has gotten smaller. Is there a soil type it likes best?

  • Phyllis Wardlaw

    Hi--Became interested in Bee Balm about 3 yrs. ago. I live in Northern CA near the ocean where it is cool and moist. I first tried Jacob Kline--it has thrived and I love it, and the way it wanders. Last year I tried about 4 other varieties. They did very well, and I now have a lot of Bee Balm ready to bloom. I love it! Purchased all from HCG.

  • Stacey Weichert

    Bee Balm does very well in my garden!
    Love the bees, and butterflies it brings.

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