Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’
Our plant of the week this week is, Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’. This Monarda is a clump forming herbaceous perennial with aromatic, bronze tinged foliage and whorls of deep scarlet, two-lipped tubular flowers in mid-summer to early autumn. ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ gets to about 90cm to one metre in height.
This Monarda grows well in fertile, moist to well-drained soil, in a sunny to partial shaded spot. Monarda are very attractive to Bees and Butterflies.
Monarda’s should be divided after three or four years, in the autumn or in the spring. Also thinning stems out will increase air circulation, so this can prevent disease such as powdery mildew from occurring. Gone over flowers should be cut back to encourage fresh growth.
This vibrant plant is a great plant for any garden that needs some late summer colour.