Ever heard of Monkeyflowers? Yes, it really is a flower and can be grown in America, mostly the Midwestern states and along the Eastern coast states all the way up to Canada. Being born in the Chinese Zodiac Animal year of the Monkey, I was thrilled to hear there was a Monkeyflower a few years back and I was not disappointed. The name actually comes from the sight of the bloom when you squeeze it multiple times. The bloom will open and close giving off an illusion of a monkey. They come as annuals or herbaceous perennials.
Monkeyflowers come in wonderful seed packets that usually have around one-hundred seeds for less than two dollars. They can be purchased online or at a local gardening center in your area. There are around 150 different varieties of monkeyflowers though so be sure you have the correct style that you have wished before purchasing. Usually, the seed packet comes with a mixture of scarlet, orange, yellow and cream, many with contrasting speckles. They are unique flowers that contain this wonderful dark green stem and leaves with a vibrant tri-colored bloom on top or one single color. The height is usually around one to two feet, depending on the age of the plant. Unlike other annual flowers though, they have a short lifespan and will never grow more than two feet in height.
The monkeyflower prefers to be placed in locations that are moist and do not get much sun. We have placed them under our pine trees and they have grown really well with almost no interaction by us for gardening. They thrive though near a pond or stream because of the moisture that they will have access to. A private homemade pond will love the added color that this flower will bring to its side. In addition, they can be planted around bushes and by other perennials without any problems.
To plant monkeyflowers, please make sure the location is moist throughout the entire warmer months. In addition, it does not live in temperatures under -38Â°F. For best results, till the soil about one inch deep in the selected location and do not bother with adding any fertilizer. Plant each seed about twelve inches apart and make sure that there is enough room for future growth. Then, water the plant sufficiently to assure a good start of moisture is provided.
Each plant will bloom around mid-June and will continue until around August. Be sure top deadhead the blooms after they have died. Then, before the first frost, cut the stem down to about one to two inches from the ground. The leaves will not come back the next year if the stems are not cut back in the fall. New ones will grow, therefore it is important to get the old seasons leaves away to make room for more the next season. As for insects, nothing seems to bother it and no available diseases have been recognized. Basically just plant and forget them until they bloom gorgeous flowers in the summer months.