|This is the violet that often grows in lawns. Sometimes they are also white or partly-white. It can also be found in the woods, in meadows and waste areas. They grow to a height of about 3-8 inches and flower between April and June.|
These plants are so colorful! There are many different varieties and colors. There are some that love sun and some that love shade. Be sure to look at your planting instructions for your variety. They are a nice plant for adding interest to a bed. If you have a bed that is just in the "green" stage, they will add some nice color. They are a good "transitional " choice.
Bee balm attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. It is a great plant for your herb garden. I read that it is also called Oswego Tea because it was used by an Indian tribe in the NY area as a tea. You can also add the blossoms to salads as a garnish. It is a perennial and will spread. It is from the mint family. Also, the disease to watch for with it is powdery mildew. What I read was that it needs to have good drainage and air circulation. Also, get rid of any debris infected with powdery mildew.
This is a perennial plant that is quite exotic in appearance. In the Spring, the blue and pink flowers pop out of the spotted leaves. After the flowers disappear, the green spotted leaves remain until winter. This makes a great border plant. It grows well in sun, partial sun or shade. It is about 6-12 inches tall, depending on the variety you buy.