Position: Full sun or Partial Shade
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Soil: Moist, fertile, well draines soil
Height & Spread: 1.1m x 50cm
Flowering Month: Jul, Aug, Sep
Monarda, otherwise known as ‘Bee Balm’ in it’s native America, is, as the name suggests, a great bee plant and looks very architectural too, with wonderful, yet unusual tubular flowers. Monardas are great garden plants, especially in a wildlife garden, where its aniseed/bergamot scented leaves just beg to be rubbed. To flower well and prevent them from getting powdery mildew you will need to allow space to grow so that air can circulate, maybe thin out if it looks a bit crowded, mulch well with compost, which should be an annual garden job anyway, or, if you want it more low maintenance, plant it behind other plants and hide its legs! That said, ‘Beauty of Cobham’ should be less susceptible to mildew and its delicate pink flowers make for a great contrast against the just lower, darker, more purple leaves. It’s definitely a beautiful plant to have.