A to Z: ‘B’ is for BALM

a2z_bIt’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.


A to Z: ‘B’ is for BALM

lemon balmBalm, or Lemon Balm, makes a lovely addition to a Memory Garden. The symbolic meaning of Balm (botanical name Melissa) is SYMPATHY. The slight lemony scent of the leaves are a delight to stroke, spreading its gentle fragrance throughout the area. Lemon Balm is an annual, but as long as its happy with its location, it will reseed itself year after year.

In southern California I could plant this anywhere and it would thrive. In Texas, I tried a location in the middle of the garden with no shade at all and it did not like the intense Texas summer sun. It didn’t survive there, but the plant that’s just under the front porch steps keeps coming back year after year. This year I’m adding it back to my memory garden in the back. I’ll just make sure it gets some afternoon relief from the sun.

Common Name:                      BALM

Botanical Name:                      Melissa

Height:                                    18” – 2’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 3-9

Sun requirements:                   Sun or partial shade

Water Needs:                           Regular water


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tarkabarka
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 16:54:56

    Oh I love this theme! I enjoy things that have to do with gardens. Stories often do (I’m a storyteller). Thank you!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  2. viveka
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 22:28:42

    Balm is what I know as Lemon Melissa, my favorite decoration for my desserts..


  3. jetgirlcos
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 14:46:50

    Beautiful blog and A to Z theme. I like learning the meanings of the plants. A
    memory garden is a meaningful tribute.

    jetgirlcos visiting via Forty, c’est Fantastique


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