Growing Lemon Balm Plants In Your Garden
Lemon balm plants tend to be pass-along garden plants that a gardener ends up with from plant swaps or as gifts from other gardeners. Lemon balm can grow 24 to 36 inches tall and makes a nice green clump of medium-textured leaves among the other herbs and flowers in your garden. Lemon balm – carrying the botanical name Melissa officinalis and commonly known as balm, sweet balm, heart’s delight, and Melissa – is a perennial in the mint family. It is said to be native to the Near East and the Mediterranean, but cultivated far more widely. Although lemon balm is sometimes called “bee balm,” it is useful to reserve the name bee balm for Monarda didyma in order to be able to distinguish between these two plants. The confusion may arise because Melissa means “bee” in Greek. Growing lemon balm in your garden is very easy. The plants aren’t picky about where they grow and will grow in almost any soil, but they prefer rich, well drained soil.
Lemon balm garden plants will grow in part shade to full sun, but flourish best in full sun. It isn’t recommended that you fertilize lemon balm, as this can cause the strength of its scent to be reduced. Lemon balm is easily propagated from seeds, cuttings or plant divisions.