VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348
Been wanting to grow Monardas for some time now but scared off by their apparent susceptibility to mildew and their capacity to run. Anybody recommend good varieties? And heleniums? I believe they can "run" too???


  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    Monarda's are not the most attractive of plants. I have 'Mohawk' which is a strong grower with the cutest of scruffy looking flower heads, it comes back year after year, I love it!!  Heleniums are just a great all rounder, all of them attractive and long flowering, no garden should be without them.image

  • I also love my monardas. I have 'Beauty of Cobham' which is a lovely pink. Not had a problem with mildew - yet - and it doesn't run all over the place

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,772

    If you click on this link and scroll down you'll discover some mildew resistent varieties

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    I lost one Monarda last year to mildew (but I'm fairly sure it had it when I put it in, just not noticably) this year another one went in the bin, but I put that down to the exceptionally wet weather we've had.

    One type has romped away (Jacob Cline on Dove's link) and seemed to love the wet weather.

  • cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 97

    A true beauty is CAMBRIDGE SCARLET, Try growing this alongside Campanula lactiflora. Both flower at the same time, and are the same height. Stunning!

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