One bushy bunch of monarda grows next to the bitter sweet vine. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Monarda is a tall bee balm. It is a perennial that blooms midsummer and likes full sun.
I planted this balm as a single plant five years ago. It is slowly spreading to the other side of the fence.
The monarda is the only red flower I have growing in the perennial bed, so when it blooms, the contrast in color from the yellows, oranges, whites, pinks, and blues is very striking.
Performance in Zone 5 - Excellent