Each day in the garden now is an adventure. This week’s specialty seems to be Iris. I will admit that I don’t have any bearded iris (Iris germanica) in my garden because the maintenance is higher than with other species. They are subject to borer and need to be divided frequently.

I love Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris) because they’re basically foolproof. They typically grow three feet high.In my driveway bed, there is a large stand of ‘Caesar’s Brother”, a classic purple, that has just started to bloom. By the end of the week, there will be a large mass of it and next to it will be ‘Snow Queen’, a serendipitous mislabeled plant. In another bed, I have a reblooming Siberian, ‘Welcome Returns’, which is more of a blue than a purple. In the back yard, I have both ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Perry’s Blue’. Although I love the flowers, they are fleeting but the slender and linear foliage provides a long season of contrasting foliage to many of the surrounding perennials.