lemon balm

20 Jun

Not very impressive as flowers go, lemon balm is grown for the strong lemon smell that occurs when a leaf is torn. I have this planted all around the gazebo and usually manage to nick a few leaves when I mow the lawn, releasing a great lemon smell into the air. Be warned that lemon balm is an aggressive grower and, once planted, will tend to pop up everywhere. The plants also can grow so tall that they flop over, choking out whatever is planted next to them. To control their spread, I usually cut back the plants around the gazebo to about 12″ every month or so during the summer.


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