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Growing Monarda

As well as growing in traditional herb gardens, in Britain, Monarda is probably most commonly seen in the ornamental garden, although they’re also ideal for wild gardens and meadows, including using the prairie gardening styles. The use of Monarda in this way has been helped to become popular by Piet Oudolf, who himself developed a number of the modern cultiars. The smaller forms such as Cranberry Lace also make great outdoor pot plants. They are of course perfect for all types of herbaceous bvorder, with many growing within the height range of 90 to 150cm. Similarly, with colours from white and the spectrum of reds, pinks, purples and violets, they will fit into many planting schemes. They ideally need full sun or light shade, spaced around 50 cm apart, preferably with some compost mixed into the soil. Most of the forms shouldn’t be allowed to dry out, so a moderately and consistently moisture retentive spot is needed, but in most cases not boggy. Varieties do vary though, with some being more able to cope with …