The Clematis "Fireworks" is a pretty generic clematis, but it works well climbing up the New Dawn Rose. Once the rose comes into bloom, the clematis blossoms still work with the color. I got lucky when "Ortel's Rose" yarrow self-seeded itself there, since it provides a third texture in the same color family. Pamela Harper and Penelope Hobhouse would be so proud!
This white bearded iris is not fully opened, but positively glows! I don't recall ever having it bloom before, or even where I got it......but who cares about that, right? Just look at this baby go!
I do remember buying this one called "City Lights" a couple of years ago, and it's finally blooming! The color is a really shocking purple-blue that really doesn't translate well in a photo.
This little one was originally at the John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth, NH, planted in 1905 to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth. I stumbled upon their plant sale last summer, and carried the irises in a ziploc bag in my suitcase for a week!
Even these Walmart azaleas that were planted by the previous owner looked good this morning. I cut down a nasty sweetgum last year that was in the middle of the clump, which now makes the perfect base for a trio of pots --- "Royal Velvet" supertunias from Proven Winners, a red banana, and a brugmansia called Betty Marshall that blooms white with chartreuse veins