The article which I have quoted below has the title “Planning Your Spring Garden” which would lead you expect to see a list of suggestions for you to follow. The article does contain a list, but not what you would expect. The author Shirley Lindsey has adopted the approach of planting for the greatest beauty with the least work. In her case this means growing irises as she explains below. This is another article from The Master Gardeners website.

Confess now. Do you have big ideas about your flower garden when the wintry winds blow and the beautiful slick seed catalogs are delivered to your mailbox?
Are they bigger than in July and August, when the very thought of going out to water, pull weeds or treat for bugs or disease makes you begin to have sweat dripping off your eyebrows? But I do want beautiful flowers to enjoy from my deck or my kitchen window. What to do?
One way of dealing with this dilemma is to plant things that reward you with the most beauty with the least work. One of my special favorites is the tall bearded iris. They bloom in early summer after the spring bulbs have faded and before the annual flowers are at their best. They grow to about two feet tall and thrive in sun to part shade. They do best in well drained soil, and are tolerant of both heat and cold.
There are several advantages of planting these lovely flowers in your garden:

  1. They come in a variety of colors: many shades of blue, pink, rust, purple, yellow
  2. They are one of the few tall flowers that support themselves. Even after a hard shower or high winds, you will find them standing straight and tall and beautiful.

See more at The Master Gardeners


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