She used our Bee Balm
and reacted badly to the honey, propolis, papain and other seemingly innocent ingredients.
YOU will enjoy a more fruitful garden if your flowerbeds attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees, so make sure you include bee balm
or monarda in your planting scheme.
is easily grown both from seed and by the division of mature plants.
Some of butterflies' favorite plants are: scabiosa, butterfly weed, milkweed, cosmos, zinnias, bee balm
, coneflower, black-eyed Susan, daisies, catmint, violets, and sedum.
For minty ground covers, choose from yerba buena (Satureja), bee balm
(Monardella) and American wild mint (Mentha arvensis).
Native wildflowers such as black-eyed susans and phlox also bring them in, as does the aptly named bee balm
, a hardy, spreading perennial that Native Americans used for tea.
grows wild in upstate New York, and there are also many varieties that grow beautifully in the garden.
Once established, plants with very low water requirements such as cacti, sedums, and yuccas need no irrigation; low water-usage plants like buddleias, some ornamental grasses, and California fuchsias need less than half an inch of summer moisture every two weeks; plants grouped in the "moderate" category, like cosmos, poppies, or bee balm
, will do fine with three-quarters of an inch of water each week throughout the summer.
Wildlife-attracting perennials such as blazing star, purple coneflower and bee balm
are just three examples; their seeds need to be sown between 8 and 10 weeks prior to outdoor planting.
But they are taxing and methodical in their demands on trees, and maintain so many feeding stations they don't appear to mind the humbled hummingbirds' freeloading until the trumpet creeper, the morningglory, bee balm
, honeysuckle, painted cup, Turk's-cap lily, jewelweed and other favorite hummer flowers bloom.
The best deterrent is lemon balm or Melissa (also called bee balm
as the bees love it), simply crush the leaves and rub onto your skin.
Suggested plants include carrots, bee balm
, rosemary, purple basil, red onions, beets, blueberries and red cabbage.
Expert tip: Coneflowers combine especially well with ornamental grasses and achillea or yarrow in a natural prairiestyle planting scheme, and in flowerbeds with globe thistles and bee balm
to attract bees and butterflies.
(Monarda didyma) Its mildly citrus-flavored pink, red, or pure white blossoms look spectacular in a mug or cup.
During our first summer here, we watched ruby-throated hummingbirds visit the flowers of the bee balm
, trumpet honeysuckle, verbena and scarlet runner beans I had planted to attract these feisty, flying characters.