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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DescriptionWith colorful flowers, aromatic foliage, and a compact habit, 'Pardon My Rose' bee balm (Monarda) might be one of your new favorite perennials. Vibrant pink flowers bloom midsummer and bring the garden to life. They're always buzzing with hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees, and it's easy to see why! Each floret is fragrant and filled with sweet nectar, enticing pollinators to linger wherever it's planted.
Some bee balms grow tall and wild, but 'Pardon My Rose' is short and tidy, making it a great addition to patio containers or small gardens. It's easy to grow, low maintenance, deer resistant, cold hardy, and perfect for nearly any gardener!DetailsBotanical name: Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Rose' Common name: Bee balm, horsemint Zone: 4 – 8 Sun exposure: Sun, Part sun Height x width: 14-18″ X 22-28″ Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Mid to late summer Bloom time: Midsummer, late summer Features: Wet soils, rain garden, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, fragrant, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners 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 (6+ hours sun) to partial sun (4-6 hours sun). Full sun is recommended for best flowering. Water: Average to abundant, depending on weather. Established plants can tolerate dry conditions. Spacing: Space at least 24-28″ 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.