‘Leading Lady Plum’ Bee Balm

Monarda x ‘Leading Lady Plum’ PP#26,447
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b
Calling all pollinators! Growing only 1 foot tall, ‘Leading Lady Plum’ bee balm has magenta-purple, early summer flowers that highlight the front of your perennial border, bringing in the honeybees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Its savory-scented, dense, dark green foliage is naturally deer-resistant. It is highly adaptable to growing in moist or dry soils, full sun or part-shade. Use it as a thriller in containers along with creeping Jenny as the spiller.
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Growth Size:   Low Plant - 10 to 14 inches tall, 22 to 28 inches wide
Growth Habit:   Compact - Upright
Features:   Pollenizer, Easy To Grow
Tolerates Wide Range of Growing Conditions, Deer Resistant, Deer Resistant, Water once a week in extreme heat
Attracts:   Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees, Bees, Beneficial Insects
Garden Ideas:   
Cottage, Wildlife
Flower features:    Showy Flowers
Magenta-purple flowers that bloom in summer
Foliage type and color:    Herbaceous, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Naturalizing
Accent, Border, Container
‘Leading Lady Plum’ Bee Balm is a Moderate maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Low Plant - 10 to 14 inches tall, 22 to 28 inches wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   1-2 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Average
Soil Types:   Slightly Acidic to Neutral   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Care for your perennials and annuals includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Perennials and annuals often look best planted in groups of five or more plants - if you are planting multiple plants, you may want to prepare the planting area and dig all your holes at one time to plan placement. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Pinch off the tips of stems early in the growing season for a fuller, bushier plant. You may wish to deadhead (cut off) old flowers to encourage new flowers to form. At the end of the growing season, perennials may be cut back to the ground for a tidier appearance.
Bloom Tips:    Pinch early in the growing season for a fuller, bushier plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 8b

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