I wanted that intense red-red, and kept holding off buying a Monarda until I came across this one.
Here's a view of 'Jacob Cline'
from the other side -- the Echinacea 'White Swan'
will make this REALLY pretty when they open up:
--- UPDATE ---
Here we go. With the White Swans. The drought isn't helping, some of the bud stems are droopy.
opened. The clear color may be a Monarda trait. This one's lipstick pink, and it's shorter -- about 3' vs. 4'.
Closer view of the A. tuberosa
and the rest. It turned out that Lavender 'Provence'
is also starting to bloom. 'Hidcote'
opened first. Pink in middle distance is a Yarrow that I thought was going to be red.
These are 3 overwintered Italian Flat-leaf Parsley plants from last year in bloom -- they're 4 ft tall
Potato 'All Blue'
Heuchera Coral Bells in the foreground, then Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle), DH's Wax Begonia bed, and Astilbe 'Ostrich Plume'
in the background. You might notice spots of pink in the shrubbery which is Hydrangea macrophylla just starting to bloom. They always bloom pink that complements the Astilbe, but this year, I'm *trying* to get it to bloom blue (obviously NOT succeeding