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Autumn care of Monarda

The following is reproduced from my piece in Plant Heritage Journal autumn 2015: Monarda (bee balm, bergamot) are those striking late summer clumps of ‘fireworks’ in the herbaceous border, herb garden, prairie garden and nowadays, dwarf forms in containers too.  But much as we love the show, they can be rather temperamental too. They mainly hate it to be too damp, yet need some moisture and dislike drying out. Apart from those cultivars such as M. ‘Marshall’s Delight’ or M. ‘Jacob Cline’ that have powdery mildew resistance, their leaves will also often succumb to its symptoms, with unsightly foliage from usually later in the summer. Assuming that site and aspect were right at the time planting; good drainage and mainly full sun, then you’re half way there. Nurturing your Monarda plants in the autumn is all about increasing the chances of success even further; the chance of both lowering the percentage of overwinter plant loss and that of maintaining vigorous and healthy surviving plants into next season. A reminder before the maintenance starts is to …