The Kew Pollinators range of seeds from Thompson and Morgan has been specially created alongside the experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attract and support a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles, as well as a number of other important pollinating insects. Helping these pollinators to thrive is hugely important for our eco-system as a whole and these seeds, in their striking packaging inspired by artwork from the Kew archives, will help to create the environment which they need to thrive, with varieties chosen to help a wide range of pollinating insects, including some night flowering plants to help moths which also play an important part in our gardens.
Whorls of spidery, pink blooms crown the upright stems of this eye-catching perennial. You won’t be surprised to learn that Bee Balm is a magnet for pollinating insects, which throng to the nectar rich blooms. Herb growers will be more familiar with its other common name of Bergamot, and the distinctive scent of its aromatic foliage. This sun loving Monarda forms an attractive clump at the front of borders, mingling happily with other herbaceous perennials, particularly on rich, damp soils. Height: 90cm (36"). Spread: 45cm (18").
Culinary note: Use the dried leaves to make Bergamot tea or use the sweet, spicy flavoured petals to enhance salads, jellies, rice or pasta dishes.