Bee Balms are an excellent choice for attracting bumblebees and honeybees to the garden. They make a great pollinator plant, and are also very beautiful when in full bloom. The flowers range in colors of pink and purple and the foliage is also attractive as well. Bumblebees are not the only insects that like these flowers though. Butterflies are also attracted to them as well.
- Season: 2 Perennials / 1 Annual
- Colors: Pink / Lavender / Purple
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Height: 12 - 48 inches tall
- Width: Easily grows 18 inches wide
The packets contain colorful illustrations on the front side, as well as detailed and in depth sowing instructions on the reverse side. There are enough seeds to start your own plants, and then some. You can share with friends and family, neighbors, or even save the remainder for the year after.
(Packet of 500 Seeds)
Lemon Mint is an attractive flower, just as much as it is a fragrant herb. These plants grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall, displaying beautiful lavender colored blooms along its erect stems. The leaves are slender and green, placed underneath the clusters of lemon scented, 2 inch blooms. Lemon Mint is known to attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds as well. They are a popular pick in most butterfly gardens and insectaries. The citrus flavored leaves can be minced and added to flavor teas and fruit jellies.
Lemon Mint is categorized as an annual flowering herb. Annuals will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, blooming through the summer months and later wilting from harsh frosts. The seeds are known to drop to the bare ground beneath, allowing fresh plants to return the following Spring season. You can also collect the seeds from dried flower heads at the end of the Autumn season, for resowing the following year.
Lemon Mint plants make a great cut flower for floral arrangements and bouquets as well, giving off their minty, lemon scent. Simply cut the tops, allowing the base of the plant to regrow. This can also help establish and promote new plant life from your Lemon Mint plants.
Spotted Bee Balm
(Packet of 300 Seeds)
Spotted Bee Balm flowers are gorgeous plants that will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden. They grow to a mature height of about 12 to 36 inches tall and need little attention once established. Monarda punctata is categorized as a perennial that is native to much of the eastern and midwestern United States. The flowers appear creamy white, and have accents of purple above and below their blooms.
Spotted Bee Balm, also known as “Horsemint” prefers an area that is average to dry. It is very forgiving of drought and enjoys an area of sunlight. Great when used in a butterfly garden, as a border plant, or even in a natural setting or meadow.
Wild Bee Balm
(Packet of 400 Seeds)
Wild Bee Balm, also known as Wild Bergamot, will produce gorgeous, lilac-pink colored blooms through the Spring and Summer months. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 36 to 48 inches tall and will produce 2 inch flowers. The leaves of this stunning plant are aromatic, and the nectar will attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as hummingbirds, honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies and more. Several plants can easily spread out, forming mounds of color in many areas of the garden. These plants are popularly chosen for borders, along fences and paths, or directly in the garden. Wild Bee Balm is also seen in many public parks, zoos, butterfly gardens and insectaries as well.
Grown as a perennial flowering plant, Wild Bee Balm will establish a deep root system, which will allow the plants to remain dormant in the cold temperatures of the winter season. The plants can then reestablish themselves the following year, after all danger of frost has passed. When the blooms of your Wild Bee Balm plants become old and start to wilt, simply pop the heads off to replace them with new flowers. Powdery mildew can be a major issue for not only Wild Bee Balm, but most other Monarda plants as well. To prevent powdery mildew, we suggest cutting back thicker foliage, allowing air to circulate through the plants more efficiently. You can also water the plants directly at the root to avoid mildew as well.