Approx. 500 seeds
Lemon bergamot is such a joy in the garden with a beautiful fragrance that can be infused into all sorts of culinary treats. Just a couple of leaves makes a lovely, calming herbal tea. The wonderfully whorlish mauve flowers look magnificent and can be cut and dried or eaten. Keeps the right sort of company too, attracting bees, lacewings and hoverflies but repels the riff-raff with its lemony-ness.
Hardy perennial and is easy to grow. Deadhead regularly and it will keep blooming. One of the mint family and like its brethren does well in big pots with lots of surface area, not so much depth. Enjoys dry conditions and good sun.
Sow period September-March
Soil temp for germination 15-21°
Germination time 10-30 days
Plant initially in Trays or direct
Position Full sun