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.
Put 1 fresh bee balm
blossom on top and steep about 2 minutes (blossom will wilt as it stands).
Commonly named perennials include black-eyed Susan, Shasta daisies, yarrow, bee balm
, cosmos, violets, Siberian Iris, sunflowers, sedum, asters, Jupiter's beard, blue hyacinth, holly, trumpet vine and various clovers.
Siting Herbs Full Sun Soil Preference Borage Sage dry Coriander medium Cumin medium Garlic rich, well-drained Horehound dry, poor soil Hyssop light, well-drained Lavender poor, rocks Oregano rich, well-drained Rosemary medium, well-drained Sweet Bay medium Thyme medium, well-drained Winter Savory light, sandy Yarrow well-drained Partial Shade Soil Preference Bee Balm
medium, tolerates wet, clay Chamomile sandy, well-drained Lemon Balm sandy or loamy, well-drained Parsley fertile, rich humus Sweet Woodruff fertile, moist
Do we place bee balm
among the thistles, or among the flowers?
Monarda didyma, is also known as bergamot, Oswego tea, and horsemint.
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.
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.
To feed our winged friends all summer, plant Yarrow, Hyssop, Anemone, New York Aster, Bluebeard, Tickseed, Foxglove, Coneflower, Potentilla, Bee Balm
, Russian Sage, Black Eyed Susan, Pincushion Flower, Stonecrop, Spirea and Verbena.
Incorporate plants--such as daylily, hosta, bearded iris, bee balm
, purple coneflower, and yarrow--that you can divide in a few years for more (free
Old-fashioned, heirloom-type flowers like bee balm
, black-eyed Susan, cleome, sunflower, and zinnia are also excellent; they have more pollen and nectar than highly developed hybrids.