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Every year in June and July 'Panorama Mix' Bee Balms produce shaggy, semi-double flowers in intense shades of pink, salmon, red, scarlet and crimson. Butterflies and hummingbirds find them irresistible and they are excellent cut flowers. Leaves are mint scented and used to make Oswego tea. 'Panorama Mix' Bee Balm plants are extremely mildew resistant, grow to 3-feet tall, and thrive in full sun or part shade. Winter hardy to zone 3.
'Panorama Red Shades' Bee Balm, the first separate color from 'Panorama Mix.' Plants extremely resistant to powdery mildew. Winter hardy to zone 3. Grows nicely in mixed borders with: Chinese Fountain Grass, Russian Sage, and 'Benary's Giant White' Zinnia.
Intense rose-purple blooms, attract butterflies, are excellent cut flowers. Plants grow to 2 feet tall, are extremely disease resistant, begin to flower in as few as 10 weeks. Continues flowering into September. Short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual. A 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize). Grows well with: 'Amber Wheels' Gaillardia.
Sow Bee Balm seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Light helps Bee Balm seeds to germinate. Kept at 60-70°F., seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Transplant Bee Balm plants into garden 1-2 feet apart.
Comments: Plant Bee Balms in full sun in mild climates, afternoon shade is preferred in hot summer areas. Bee Balm plants spread quickly, are not invasive. They like regular to ample moisture. Bee Balm plants will be longer-lived in cold winter climates. Widely adapted, Bee Balms are among the absolute best perennial plants for drawing hummingbirds into the garden. Flowers also attract butterflies and honey bees; are excellent cut flowers. Bee Balms are rabbit and deer resistant plants.