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Bee Balm Host Plant

Bee Balm Host Plant

Bee Balm Host Plant

#purple#fragrant#hummingbirds#full sun tolerant#perennials#wildlife plant#purple flowers#red flowers#yellow flowers#native perennials#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#specialized bees#cpp#fire medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#herb garden culinary#deer resistant#native garden#playground plant#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#fantz#flowers late spring#food source fall#NC Native Pollinator Plant#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#wet soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#nectar plant early fall#partial shade tolerant#HS302#pollinator garden#bee friendly#black walnut toxicity tolerant#Audubon#Buncombe County Sun and Shade Garden.

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#purple#fragrant#hummingbirds#full sun tolerant#perennials#wildlife plant#purple flowers#red flowers#yellow flowers#native perennials#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#specialized bees#cpp#fire medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#herb garden culinary#deer resistant#native garden#playground plant#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#fantz#flowers late spring#food source fall#NC Native Pollinator Plant#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FAC#wet soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#nectar plant early fall#partial shade tolerant#HS302#pollinator garden#bee friendly#black walnut toxicity tolerant#Audubon#Buncombe County Sun and Shade Garden. Bee balm has long been a favorite of temperate gardens in America and Europe, but in recent years it has surged in popularity as the desire to plant beautiful and functional American natives increases across the nation. There are few joys as great as working around bee balm in the summer and being kept company by the citrusy, resonant scent of foliage and flower; unless of course it’s witnessing the honey bees and hummingbirds jockeying for position around the unusual, two lipped flowers shaped like little crowns.

Bee-balm couldn’t be easier to grow. Select a sunny site with soil that is rich in organic matter to provide moisture retention and good drainage. While bee balm can cope with soils of average fertility, dry soil for a sustained period of time will cause the plant to weaken and die. Mulching your plant with two inches of organic-based mulch will go a long way towards preserving the moisture between rain and watering by the gardener, especially as bee balm is shallowly rooted.If you’re growing a larger cultivar, be sure to give it adequate spacing in the bed, placing individual plants 18-24 inches apart. Don’t worry, bee balm is a fast grower and those gaps between plants will soon be filled. Dwarf cultivars that reach heights of 15-18 inches are well placed in the front of a garden bed or border, or for creating an unusual container combination for the deck. (Source: www.americanmeadows.com)

 

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