Bee Balm – Grand Parade

Bee Balm – Grand ParadeButterflies Love The Purple Blooms Bee Balm Grand Parade, Monarda ‘Grand Parade’™, is an exceptionally hardy hybrid from the Morden Breeding Program in Manitoba. In mid to late summer, the compact bushy plants are covered with whimsical 2.5 lavender purple flowers.   The shiny dark green foliage has a delightful fragrance of mint that deer dislike. Monarda ‘Grand Parade™’ exhibits very good mildew resistance!  It is best grown in rich soil in a well-drained area, not being allowed to dry out.   The leaves of monarda can be used for teas and in salads, and hummingbirds and butterflies cannot resist the sweet nectar of these fragrant flowers!    This ‘Grand Parade™’ Monarda is a short and easy to manage plant.  Being an outstanding performer, it will provide color and contrast for the perennial border, wild garden, meadow, and herb garden, or along ponds or streams, particularly when massed! *Unique Purple Blooms *Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant *Compact and Hardy

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Coneflower – Ruby StarThe Coneflower ‘Ruby Star’, Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’, produces large, intense carmine red, daisy-like flowers with a dark bronze pincushion-like center cone. These flowers grow on 40 inch tall stems from late spring through summer! Ruby Star’ is a great sun-loving and drought tolerant perennial; attracts butterflies!  This coneflower is stunning with ornamental grasses, easy to grow in full sun to part shade, and does best in full sun. This plant adapts to drought, moist soil, heat, humidity and poor soil.  Coneflowers do double duty when it comes to benefiting wildlife.  The new flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators, while old flowers provide seed for songbirds. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter and, if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches and other birds to feed on the seed. For best results, plant ‘Ruby Star’ in full sun in a well drained area.  It is a great choice for cut flowers, and it adds a wilderness look to your garden! * Heat and humidity tolerant * Food for wildlife * Tall stems

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ServiceberryShrubby Tree Heralds Spring The Serviceberry is a popular ornamental shrub prized for its spring/fall color and sweet summer berries.  It would look great in your naturalized garden or in front of some larger plantings to highlight its form and colors Your Serviceberry will be one of the first plants you notice in the spring.  While the rest of your plants are still slumbering, the Serviceberry will burst forth in color.  Before its leaves even begin to appear, its 5-petalled clusters of white flowers will stand in sharp contrast to the browns and greys of your transitioning landscape.  You’ll enjoy watching the flowers give way to the small green berries as they progress from green to red, and eventually transform into a deep purple.  The dark gems are ready to enjoy straight from the small shrubby tree in the early summer.  The Serviceberry is a shrubby, multi-stemmed shrubby tree that grows up to 15-25 feet with an equal spread, so it will fit anywhere.  It can be left as a multi stemmed shrub or trimmed into a small tree. It’s tolerant of a wide range of soils and love full to part sun.  The 3-inch long dark green leaves fill out your tree, softly fuzzy at first and later glossy and smooth.  Those same leaves will turn a delightful reddish-orange in the fall.  Serviceberries look like large, dark blueberries and taste similar, but with an almond-like accent.  They are commonly eaten raw or used in various jams and pies. WIldlife love them. *White Flowers in Early Spring *Edible Purple Berries in Early Summer *Red Orange Foliage in Autumn

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