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Monarda didyma Pardon my Pink

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bee balm, bergamot

Stunning flowers produced every year

A new compact form of monarda forming a bushy plant up to 30cm (12ins) high with dark green aromatic leaves. The branches are topped with showy heads of tubular bright shocking pink flowers from midsummer right through to autumn. As the common name, bee balm suggests this is a great plant for wildlife. Unlike other varieties of monarda this variety is very resistant to mildew and the foliage stays healthy and green throughout the season.

Where?

Plant in full sun in beds and borders or in pots and containers. Ideal with other low perennials, herbs or silver foliage subjects.

How?

Any well-drained reasonably fertile soil. Cut back to ground level in winter. No support required. 

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September