Do you have a wet area on your land where whatever you plant seems to struggle? Bee balm might be the solution for you. Bee balm is one of the better plants for wet ground for those seeking good floral color.
But bee balm is about more than just aesthetics. This herb has its place in the kitchen cabinet and the medicine cabinet, as well. Its taste in tea is "refreshing," says Amy Jeanroy. About's Guide to Herb Gardens adds that bee balm can be applied to treat skin irritations.
Are there any drawbacks to growing this herb? Sure. It's an aggressive spreader and frequently comes down with a bad case of powdery mildew. But hey, as the classic Lynn Anderson song says, "I never promised you a rose garden." Come to think of it, even roses are susceptible to powdery mildew.
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