The Plant store is now closed for orders.

  • I'm planning on one last round of sales toward the end of September of plants that I'll be potting up from a nursery bed I planted in the fall of 2022. I'll post the details and the time once I have the plants ready to go
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • Please see the Plant Nursery for a photo of the different sizes/prices on offer and for information on the sizing of these seedlings and the details of the sale
  • Species that were not seeded, didn’t germinate or that are sold out are marked with an asterisk *

* Monarda didyma, Red Beebalm

~These seedlings have mildew~

They have healthy root systems and will be fine next spring but this species is quite succeptible to mildew, epsecially when grown in containers.

Monarda didyma 

Red Beebalm

  • Part shade to full sun
  • Average to high moisture settings - consistent soil moisture will help them fend off mildew
  • Grows to 3' to 5' in height and spreads to form a patch.
  • Mid Summer Blooms
  • Garden, open woodland and meadow settings

While Lobelia Cardinalis is the most intensely red flower in the garden at my home, Scarlet Beebalm is the showiest. These brilliant fireworks appear in early July, (a much more ecologically compatible form of fireworks than the ones that shed heavy metals into rivers, soils and lakes at the start of July every year) brightening up the part shade location for around 3 weeks, with some intermittent reblooming after that. In a hot, dry year they grow to around 3’ tall and can suffer from mildew on their foliage in August if they don’t receive some supplemental watering. In a wet year they can grow to over 5’ tall and the foliage will remain fresh and green until frost.

This is one of the few flowering perennials in my garden that I can say from experience will stay more compact, and will bloom a bit later, if cut back in early June. I don’t usually cut or deadhead perennials, except for a late spring chop-and-drop to mulch the soil with last year’s stems. The reason that I cut some of these stems is to gather them for winter teas and for Monarda-and-chocolate cake. You can find the recipe for the cake and the Wood Sorel and Prickly Ash ice cream that I served with it here

When it comes to preferred growing conditions, these seem to enjoy either average moisture conditions and dappled shade, or plenty of moisture and full sun. They spread steadily but the roots and shoots form a thick mat just a couple of inches below the soil, so splitting off bits to give away is an easy spring task if your garden isn’t 100% suited to their exuberant nature.

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality