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  • bee balm
  • Eventual height: 0.7m
  • Eventual spread: 0.2m

Monarda 'Bergamo'

bee balm

approx 50 seeds £3.49
approx 50 seeds £3.49
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy annual

    A compact annual form producing whorls of pinkish purple flowers around the upright stems throughout summer. Highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects, it is easy to grow and will often be in bloom within a few months of sowing. The flowers are edible and look very pretty sprinkled over salads or puddings, while the crushed foliage can be used to repel insects.

  • Garden care:Under glass, surface-sow in late winter to late spring in deep pots or trays filled with good seed compost and keep warm. Thin when large enough to handle and plant outside in spring after gradually hardening off. Alternatively, sow directly into a well-prepared seed bed in late spring or late summer or early autumn and thin to 30cm intervals as they grow. Plants sown in late summer or autumn will flower earlier than those sown in spring. Dead-head regularly to prolong the flowering period.

  • Sow: Jan-Mar or Aug-Oct

  • Flowering: June-August

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