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Herbaceous Perennial

Monarda didyma Bee-Merry Improved (Bee-You Series)
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bergamot [Bee-Merry Improved]

A compact plant to around 45cm tall producing lots of coral pink flowers with darker button-like centres in the summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Monarda can be annuals or clump-forming herbaceous perennials with aromatic, ovate leaves and terminal whorls of 2-lipped, tubular flowers from summer to early autumn

Name status

Trade

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate in spring by division before new growth begins or from basal softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadheading regularly may prolong flowering; cut back to ground level in autumn

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

This cultivar is said to show good resistance to powdery mildews that often affect Monardas

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