this sunflower is just one of the plants that has self sown in my garden this year. I also have some larkspur, a forest of cosmos and tomatoes. With the tomatoes I never know which type I will get to enjoy in my salads until they are ready. I love self sown plants because I don't have to do anything expect sit back and enjoy. however there is one small problem, they choose the spot and its often in the wrong place like this tall sunflower growing right at the front of the flower bed, but that's anything I can live with.
A few years ago seduced by a gardening catalog I ordered a 'red perennial garden' collection this 'Jacob Cline Monarda' was one of the plants. Sadly not all the plants survived and the red garden was not much of a success. However the Monarda nestled between two rose bushes makes an appearance each summer . It has funny looking flowers and best of all the deer leave it alone.