Pardon My Purple Bee Balm
Farewell, Powdery Mildew!
Bee Balm comes of age with this new compact, well-branched, very heavy-blooming series that demonstrates terrific resistance to powdery mildew! The Pardon Me series of purple and pink Monarda is an improvement in every way over previous cultivars, and we are delighted to make it available to you this season.
'Pardon My Purple' sets full-size flowers on ultra-compact plants. Measuring 2½ to 3 inches wide, these deep fuchsia to grape-purple blooms are magnets for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The blooms begin in midsummer and continue through the remainder of the season, topping the handsome, healthy dark green foliage on neat little plants just 10 to 12 inches high and not quite as wide. What a change from the rangy, mildew-prone native species!
'Pardon My Purple' has a compact, very well-branched habit, with shorter and more abundant stems filled with deep green leaves. No matter how humid or rainy your climate is, this plant will look as good in late August as it did in June! The dark fuchsia flowers complement the foliage marvelously, adding a vibrant new shade to Monarda's color palette.
Introduced by our friends at Walters Gardens, 'Pardon My Purple' is a must-have for the shady to partly shady perennial border, cottage garden, or meadow. Fragrant and very easy to grow, it is a delightful presence in any moist, well-drained soil. Do not let it dry out, and it will repay you with years of beauty! Zones 4-9.
|Variety||'Pardon My Purple'|
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Mid Summer - Late Summer|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Herbs, Hummingbird Lovers, Native|
|Bloom Color||Dark Pink, Purple|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).