Variegated Lemon Balm description:
This has all the qualities of Lemon Balm, being a good ground covering plant with the most amazing fresh lemon scent, having one of the most powerful lemon scents in the plant world AND it has lovely yellow and green variegated foliage.
Use in potpourri.
It has small white flowers in the summer.
Because this is good at covering the ground, do not put anything choice or of a timid nature next to it!
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This is excellent for a herb garden, border or patio and is rock-solid and isn’t fussy in most soils, including heavy or clay ones.
We have plenty more herb plants for sale – many are easy to grow.
Botanical name: Melissa officinalis ‘Aurea’ or Melissa officinalis Variegata.
Variegated Lemon Balm culinary uses:
Use in stuffing, jam, fruit salads and iced drinks.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
What type of soil:
Not fussy – plant in any reasonable soil, also tolerates acidic soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, good at covering the ground.
Put it on the edge of a path where it can be brushed against and it then gives off it’s wonderful lemon scent!
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim hard after flowering.
Size of plant:
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
Herb plants for sale for your tubs and borders.