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Question from mahamud dharamsi

In forum: New to gardening

Hello Friends.
Hi I am thinking of moving in Dec or Jan. The plants I want to move are Anemone, Monarda, Tellima, Sedum, Echinacea, Spirea and lastly Acanthus. Are all these plants safe to move now or is it best to wait until early spring. Thanking you in advance. Mahamud

  • Posted: Wed. 11th December 2019 18:55

Re: Whats this plant?

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

could be anything but check out monarda and see if its flower matches, best thing is to post the flower.

  • Posted: Sun. 20th May 2018 21:46

Re: Re: Need an ID please

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

It doesn't look like Monarda citriodora to me. Maybe Monarda punctata? but even that is a bit wrong. The tiered flowers are very odd but surely should make it easy to identify! (by someone who knows what it is, of course).

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 22:56

Re: Need an ID please

Message from David Rayner

In forum: Identify a plant

Follow-up: I have had some replies from other forums and I think we now have a positive ID.

Monarda citriodora Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Common names: Lemon beebalm, Purple horsemint, Lemon mint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Horsemint, Purple lemon mint

Many thanks

  • Posted: Wed. 9th July 2014 16:33

Re: Penthorpe Plants

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: Identify a plant

First is Monarda, possibly Cambridge Scarlet although there are lots of varieties available. The second is Echinops and the third might be Salvia x sylvestris Rose Queen.

  • Posted: Thu. 12th September 2013 17:26

Re: Penthorpe Plants

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

The first one looks like Monarda (a kind of bergamot - not the citrus) and the third is Echinops. The middle one I'm not so sure. It could be Perovskia or Agastache or Veronicastrum - have a look about and see what you think.

  • Posted: Mon. 9th September 2013 18:03

Re: Monarda Cambridge Scarlet

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Monarda for the greater part is susceptible to mildew, it is supposed to like a lot of moisture. I have the same problem, hence given up growing it.

  • Posted: Wed. 6th June 2012 12:17

Monarda Cambridge Scarlet

Question from Jim Law

In forum: Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

This plant has been very good last two seasons but showed signs of mildew last year. Now most of it appears to have died. Can we resuscitate / can we replace like for like in same location / or suggestions for substitute?

  • Posted: Wed. 6th June 2012 10:18

Re: Monarda didyma 'Fireball'

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Monarda 'Fireball'

Hi, Diane,
Monarda 'Fireball' is here on Shoot. If you take a look at its plant page, you'll get an idea of its form, potential diseases, and the ideal soil/aspect in which to plant. From personal experience, it forms a nice upright clump. Deadheading helps it perform longer and mildew can be a problem. To best establish it, make sure it is properly plantednin the correct location. If you are in the UK, make sure it is in the sunniest spot possible.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 5th December 2011 23:25

Monarda didyma 'Fireball'

Question from Diane Greenwood

In forum: Monarda 'Fireball'

What would I, as a gardener, need to do to establish this plant?
Also, are there any places where this plant would not thrive and what structure would it provide to my garden?

Many thanks
Diane Greenwood

  • Posted: Mon. 5th December 2011 19:09

Re: Suggestions for new planting

Message from Katy Elton

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Hi Catherine,

As the site is sunny yet windy why not think about prairie style planting? A combination of grasses and flowers would be interesting to look at, you could incorporate some evergreen shrubs for winter structure, and try and include flowers that leave attractive seedheads for additional winter interest.

Possibilities include:

Grasses – Miscanthus , Stipa and Molinia .

Flowering plants –
Rudbeckia , Eryngium , Achillea , and Monarda .

Winter structure –
Carex flagellifera is an evergreen grass, Pittosporum is an evergreen shrub that can compliment prairie planting quite well, and Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ is deciduous but really comes into interest in winter when it displays bright purple berries.

Hope this gives you something to think about. If you do go for any of these plants remember to add to your ‘plants I have’ list to receive regular care instructions.


  • Posted: Sun. 3rd October 2010 11:58

Monarda growing tips

Tip from CD

In forum: Monarda 'Mohawk'

Usueful notes on www.2bseeds.com (American) about Monarda. Here is part of what they said:
Amend the soil with compost or add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting. Although it tolerates drought, your plant will do much better if it gets adequate moisture; however, protect it from poor drainage, especially in winter. Water when leaves wilt in dry weather. Mulch in the spring. In the late fall, cut plants back to within several inches of the ground. For a bushier shrub, pinch the tips of the stems when new growth appears each spring. Bee balm spreads but not as aggressively as other members of the mint family. Every 3 or 4 years, dig up and divide the plants. Discard the old center section and replant the outer roots and shoots. Bee balm can get powdery mildew. To avoid mildew, plant where there is good air circulation and avoid overhead watering. Also cut back plants in the fall, remove old stems, and clean up old mulch.

  • Posted: Thu. 29th April 2010 20:11


Message from Georgie

In forum: Monarda didyma 'Croftway Pink'

Hi Sandy

Monarda is quite happy in a semi-shaded spot but as you have discovered it is very prone to powdery mildew. I pick off the worse affected leaves and find spraying the rest every few days with a teaspoom of bicarbonate of soda disolved in a litre of tepid water works very well and clears up the problem in week of so. You also need to ensure that the plant isn't dry at the roots and has good air circulation.

If your plant is unsightly and cannot be disguised by putting something else in front to hide the bare stems then you can cut it down to just above ground level and it will grow back. Good luck.


  • Posted: Sat. 4th July 2009 21:20

Monarda didyma

Question from Sandy Rawlins

In forum: Monarda didyma 'Croftway Pink'

My monarda didyma var 'Croftway Pink' has gone really leggy and seems to be shedding its leaves from the bottom up. It is new to my garden (planted last autumn) and is in a fairly shady border. I think it may have powdery mildew, or doesn't really like the shade. How do I treat this, can anybody help?

  • Posted: Fri. 3rd July 2009 23:12

Monarda didyma

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Monarda didyma

The flowers are rich in nectar and attract bees and butterflies, hence one of the old country names for the plant: 'Bee balm'. Young leaves can be used for flavourings in salad and cooked dishes. The dried leaves can be used in pot pourri or tea.

  • Posted: Fri. 15th May 2009 18:15

Wildlife border

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Hi, Jo
What fun planning a new border!
I have a few suggestions that might work, but they are based on the assumption that the border is not too wet (even thought near the pond)?
A couple of low-growers to attract wildlife(I tried to keep all suggestions under 60 cm) could be:
- Hyssopus officinalis - up to 60cm wth narrow, aromatic, dark green leaves and spikes of purple-blue flowers from midsummer to early autumn. Thrives on chalky soils nad is drought tolerant
- Most Thyme
- Alllium schoenoprasum - Chives - A favourite spring bloomer of mine and great in the kitchen, too. No bigger than 60cm, though usually shorter.
- Allium cristophii
- Allium sphaerocephalon - I admit, this gets taller than 60cm, but it is a 'see-through' plant - the foliage is low to the ground and the flowers are on long, thin stalks that rise above the foliage of lower-growing plants - I love these!
- If cats aren't a problem, what about Nepeta?
- Sedum 'Herbstfreude' or any other similar cultivar is great for attracting wildlife in autumn.
- Any prostrate, cascading Rosemary will attract loads of bees in flower.
- Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud' - Lesser Calamint is a favourite of bees, too.
- Dwarf Monardas - there are some cultivars of Bee Balm (Bergamot) that stay under 50cm - 'Pink Lace', 'Fireball', 'Pink Supreme' are just a few - a definite butterfly magnet. Just watch out for powdery mildew on them.

If the ground closest to the pond is at all moist, have you considered Caltha palustris (a favourite pond/marginal plant of mine).

I hope this short list is of some use. If I think of any others, I will be sure to add to the list. Hopefully some other members will be able to add to it, too.
Happy planning and planting and please let me know what you choose.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th March 2009 21:19

A few useful links

Message from Georgie

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

Thanks for those, Kathy. I grow Agastache and Hyssop but I didn't have much joy with Monarda as the slugs and sails seemed to love it. :( I've grown Bronze Fennel in the past which I found attracted hoverflies and funnily enough I collected some ordinary Fennel seeds last year -they accidently fell into my pocket when I was visiting a garden! I'll let you know if I get any swallowtails. Carole

  • Posted: Wed. 9th April 2008 16:33

A few useful links

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Gardening for wildlife

I, too, derive great joy from seeing butterflies and moths in the garden. When I lived in the States, I had an acre of land to garden with, and took great delight in planting many varieties to attract as much wildlife as I could (except I sometimes wished the rabbits would go elsewhere!!). I even used to get hummingbirds attracted to pink ivy geranium - and that was in New Jersey! In addition to some of the plants you use, I found success with Monarda, Agastache (and there are so many lovely species to choose from) and Hyssop. Swallowtail butterflies would lay eggs on my fennel and the vibrantly-striped caterpillars would feast on the leaves for weeks (unless the birds got them). Apparently, swallowtail are not as common in the UK, but they are out there so you might want to give fennel a try - and it has great structure, too.
Here's a great link I found that has an extensive list of plants to attract butterflies and moths:


Another good one is:

Happy planting!
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 8th April 2008 10:59