“Shaggy” bright red flowers on the beds attract butterflies. And varietal plants surprise pale pink, pink, purple and even white flowers. I really want to find a white Monard-if you believe the photos that I came across, it looks extraordinary! But the usual red flower is very beautiful.
Although, frankly, it’s a plant I love, not so much for the flowers, but the scent of the leaves — strong, full-bodied, reminiscent of Mentha (or more likely, Melissa). They say they are with Mentha-distant relatives:) Tea with dried leaves Monarda-this is something! That’s why there’s always a place for her in my garden.
The leaves of monarda can be used fresh in salads and as a seasoning for cooking meat. To hybrid plants this, however, does not apply — they are planted exclusively for beauty, not for gastronomic purposes. I’m also limited to tea for now.
Grow Monard is not difficult. It can grow in the sun and in partial shade; soil prefers loose, rich in nutrients. If the conditions are satisfied with it, it grows well-sometimes even recommend limiting its growth, planting in a large bucket without a bottom.
Every three to four years, the Bush should be divided. If you do not, the plant eventually weakens, thinns, begins to hurt. Monard is divided in the spring; this, by the way, is the fastest and most reliable way of its reproduction.
But back to caring. Monarda didyma-water-loving plant, so that in the dry summer will have quite often to water it, at least twice a week. On dry ground, it develops poorly and may even get sick. Weakened plant and blooms worse, and looks pretty plain. By the way, flower stalks should be cut in time: the withered Monard does not decorate a flower bed, looks untidy.
But this, perhaps, care for Monarda and ends. And if you plant it in a corner of the garden with moist soil-for example, near a pond-then watering is not required. Cozy this plant will also be in natural compositions, on the outskirts of shrub thickets.
Despite its catchy appearance, Monard – not individualist)) it looks great in combination with other plants, not only garden, but also wild. Thanks to the aroma of leaves, which, by the way, is felt even if you just touch the Bush, the Monard will logically fit into the composition of herbs, enriching it with bright colors. I want to try to put next Leonurus: also it is now just blooming. In my opinion, it should be good!