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Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'Monarda didymaBergamot, Bee Balm

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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Blooms from midsummer right through into autumn

Distinctive whorled flowers are a magnet for bees and great for cutting

A must for any herbaceous border or wildlife garden

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Height Up to 90cm (35in)
Spread Up to 45cm (18in)

Hardy Perennial

cottage gardenswildlife gardenscut flower gardenwoodland garden

full sunsun or semi shadedappled shade

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Description

Bergamot are unusual-looking but hardworking perennials that deserve a place in any herbaceous border or wildlife garden. Stiff, upright stems bear distinctive whorls of tubular flowers that are a magnet for bees and bloom almost continuously from June to September with regular deadheading. An enduringly popular heritage variety, Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ bears whorls of rich deep scarlet flowers, beautifully offset by bronze-tinged foliage. The flowers make an excellent addition to bouquets and the citrus-scented leaves can be eaten in salads or dried and used to make pot pourri. Unfussy about soil type and thriving anywhere from full sun to dappled shade, this reliable perennial will quickly form a dense clump that associates beautifully with ornamental grasses and purple-leafed plants. Height: 90cm (35in). Spread: 45cm (18in).

Culinary note: Use the dried leaves to make Bergamot tea or use the sweet, spicy flavoured petals to enhance salads, jellies, rice or pasta dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

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1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF5544)

1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KA4439)

1 x 1 Litre Potted Plant (64422)

2 x 1 Litre Potted Plants (T64423P)

How to Grow
Bergamot plants dislike soils which are particularly dry or have a tendency to waterlogging. Plant them in a moist, well drained soil, adding compost or well rotted manure to amend excessively heavy clay or sandy soils. Choose a position in sun.
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Feed and water regularly until they are fully established. Deadhead faded bergamot flower heads to encourage more blooms to be produced. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure around the crown of each plant in spring. Lift and divide clumps of monarda plants every 3 years in autumn to maintain vigorous, healthy growth.
Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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