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Upscale™ 'Red Velvet' Bee Balm

PERENNIAL

Description

  • Thrives in both moist and average soils.
  • Tallest Monarda we carry!
  • Great for mass or border plantings.
  • Zones 4-8, sun/part sun, 32” tall x 36” wide at maturity.
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Zone 4-8
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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Description Much like its dessert namesake, ‘Red Velvet’ Monarda will leave you wanting more. These fun, cherry red flowers will give you a pop of color for weeks in the heat of summer. ‘Red Velvet’ is the tallest Monarda we carry! With it’s sturdy stems and loads of blooms, this Bee Balm does great in borders or as a colorful addition to a pollinator garden. All of this coupled with good deer resistance and an improved mildew resistance, We think ‘Red Velvet’ would make a fantastic addition to your garden.

As a North American native, bee balm is a durable perennial that multiplies well in moist soil and full sun. While they typically bloom in the summer heat, their sturdy stems will keep the flowers upright and shining. Their fragrant, colorful blooms attract all sorts of pollinators to the garden, but mint-like foliage deters deer and other pests. The Upscale™ series from Proven Winners is taller than other bee balms, making them best suited for a tall border, the middle of beds, or mass plantings.
Details Botanical name: Monarda ‘Red Velvet’
Patent #: PPAF
Common name: Bee balm, horsemint
Zone: 4 - 8
Sun exposure: Sun, Part sun
Height x width: 32" tall X 36" wide
Flower color: Red
Foliage color: Green
Bloom time: Summer
Features: Wet soils, space savers, rain gardens, rabbit & deer resistant, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, fragrant, cold tolerant
Uses: Accent, container gardening, edging, erosion control or embankment, ground cover, massing, rain garden, rock garden, under planting, waterside
How To Grow Soil: Easily grown in any soil; readily tolerates wet soils. Soil pH not crucial.
Light: Full sun to partial sun
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.

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