Perennials – Bee Balm

Bee Balm, Monarda

One of my favorite perennials is Monarda, or Bee Balm as it’s commonly known. The reason this particular one is special is because of its little “topknots” and two-toned flowers. You’ll notice that the lower petals that hang downward are sort of a dusty wine color and the upright petals are pale pink. (you can click on the photo to see a larger image)

The cultivar name is ‘Beauty of Cobham.’ I saw this cultivar in a garden several years ago – I can’t even remember where it was but I was taken with it and really wanted to find some. Well, that proved to be more difficult than I expected.

I finally bought little plant starts from Dutch Gardens a couple of years ago. The plants looked a bit sad and didn’t make it through the winter. I contacted Dutch Gardens and they replaced them for me the following spring when they had some available again. That was last year and now you can see the result. I’ve ordered plants and bulbs from Dutch Gardens for many, many years and they always stand behind their products which is terrific.

I’m really tickled with these and they’re looking particularly robust so they should do just fine from here on out. And here’s the cool news: I just checked Dutch Gardens’ online catalog and they do have ‘Beauty of Cobham’ available for shipping in the fall. If you’re interested, check it out.