Plant Bee Balm in Your Pollinator Garden 

Bee balm (Monarda) attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds while adding color and scent to your pollinator garden. Why bee balm is important in pollinator-friendly gardens:  

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love bee balm's vibrant, nectar-rich blossoms. You may boost garden biodiversity and pollinator populations by growing bee balm.  

1. Attracts Pollinators

Many North American bee balm species are well-adapted to local soil and temperature. Native plants like bee balm are pest- and disease-resistant and require less care.  

2. Native Plant Benefits

Bee balm produces tubular clusters of red, pink, purple, or white flowers, depending on type. These colorful blooms make your garden lively and attractive.  

3. Colorful Blooms

Bee balm foliage smells good when touched or crushed. This scent enhances your garden experience.  

4. Fragrance and Aroma

Bee balm blooms from mid to late summer, providing pollinators with nectar and pollen throughout the season. To prolong flowering, deadhead wasted flowers.  

5. Long Blooming Season

Bee balm has long been used medicinally and culinaryly. Its leaves and blooms can flavor salads and sweets, produce herbal drinks, and treat numerous diseases.  

6. Medicinal and Culinary Uses

Bee balm requires little upkeep once established. It likes well-draining soil, regular watering, and full sun to light shade. Divide clumps every several years to revitalize older plants.  

7. Low Maintenance

Bee balm goes well with lavender, echinacea, coneflowers, and salvia. Use these plants to build a diversified and successful pollinator garden.  

8. Companion Planting

Bee balm cultivation can teach kids and adults. Seeing pollinators interact with flowers can increase respect for nature and pollinator conservation.  

9. Educational Opportunities

Bee balm and other native plants in a pollinator garden help local ecosystems and wildlife health.  

10. Sustainable Gardening Practices

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