Best Perennials – Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’ (Bee Balm)

Best Perennials – Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’ (Bee Balm)

Bee Balms or Monardas as they’re known
botanically make terrific garden perennials, they’re very hardy, easy to
grow, cope with a variety of soil types, give a long lasting display, they have
aromatic foliage that things like deer normally don’t browse on, and of course
smells nicely when you brush against it, and also what’s interesting is that they
have tubular flowers that things like hummingbirds love to come and visit,
butterflies like to come and visit them too. And this very nice variety that’s
called Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’ grows only less than two foot tall and as you see
makes these rounded mounds that are covered with this beautiful kind of
magenta color, that just sparkles in a bed or a border. Makes a lovely plant for
putting near the front of anywhere where you really want to accentuate the color,
and the nice thing about these too, is that when their first flush begins to go
over in summer time, if you trim it back, they’ll quickly regrow again and then come with another burst of flower that will extend the color into
the early part of the autumn. So very hardy, easy to grow, able to cope with all
sorts of cold conditions, this is a very nice form of the Bee Balm that was
developed at Walters Gardens, it’s part of their “Sugar Buzz” series and this is
Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’

David Anderson

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1 thought on “Best Perennials – Monarda ‘Grape Gumball’ (Bee Balm)

  1. Taney Brazeal says:

    Do you have a video showing how to trim these things? I am new to this and planted 21 of them a few weeks back.


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