Bee Balm: Our Favorite Flowers
'Jacob Cline' boasts excellent resistance to powdery mildew, which typically plagues bee balm in late summer. Snip flowers for bouquets; savor blooms and leaves in herbal tea.
Bee balm's (Monarda) blooms appear in mid to late summer, and can even remain into the fall. The striking flowers come in white, pink, red or purple, and complement the dark, aromatic foliage. This perennial is susceptible to powdery mildew, so plant in full sun to part shade and select resistant varieties. Bee balm likes medium to wet soil and works well in a wildlife garden.