Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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Description'Leading Lady Plum' is truly the leading lady of bee balms, blooming earlier and for longer and growing tidier than other bee balms! Its frilly magenta blooms arrive early summer and continue into midsummer. If you're looking to bring more pollinators to your garden, bee balm's sweet nectar is loved by honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds alike! But don't worry, while pollinators love it, deer stay away.
'Leading Lady Plum' and its fragrant flowers and foliage make a great addition to containers and small gardens. This dwarf variety is perfect for those looking for an easier to maintain bee balm as it grows naturally in a tidy, space-saving clump. Add this bright purple beauty to your landscape, and pollinators will thank you!DetailsBotanical name: Monarda hybrid 'Leading Lady Plum'
Patent #: USPP 26,447
Common name: Bee balm, Horsemint, Bergamot, Oswego Tea
Zone: 4 - 8
Sun exposure: Sun (6+ Hours), Part Sun (4-6 Hours)
Height x width: 12" X 15"
Flower color: Magenta
Foliage color: Green
Bloom season: Early-Mid summer
Uses: Accent, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Massing, Rain garden, Rock garden, Under planting, Waterside.How To GrowSoil: Easily grown in any soil; readily tolerates wet soils. Soil pH not crucial.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Water: Average to abundant, depending on the weather. Soil should be kept moist to combat powdery mildew.
Spacing: Space at least 18-24" from other plants; good air circulation encourages healthy, vigorous growth.
Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, apply a granular garden fertilizer in early spring, just as the soil begins to thaw.
Winterizing: No special care needed. Any old stems that persist after winter can be cut back in spring.
Maintenance & Pruning: Remove spent blooms for better performance and looks. While not imperative, it results in a neater, showier plant.