I’m sharing this picture of monarda in a flower border as part of Becky’s SquareTops since one flower is growing out of the top of another. I love the bold contrast of the pinky-red with the dark purple.
Monarda, a member of the mint family, is popular in English gardens despite its reputation for easing out its neighbours and powdery mildew – perhaps more than ever, given its use in the prairie style plantings of influential designers such as Piet Oudolf.
The Mount Cuba Centre has a well illustrated trial report on growing monarda with recommendations of varieties for the Mid-Atlantic region online. I found it an interesting read even though I live in England.