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Variegated Iris
Climbing Rose
Variegated Iris

Common name:Variegated Iris
Botanical name:Iris pallida 'Variegata'

If I had to pick my top five must-have perennials, this would be on the list. A species of bearded iris, yellow variegated iris has long, sword like foliage that emerges in early spring and is colored pale, grey-green and lemony yellow. Flowers bloom late spring to early summer, are a pale blue to violet-blue, and are very fragrant (like a cross between grape and apple juice). Absolutely fills the yard. And after flowering, the foliage holds out all summer, unlike other bearded iris; the variegated leaves a striking presence, even without the flowers. The foliage is about 18 to 24 inches tall, and the flowers rise to about 30 to 40 inches. I have never had a garden that didn't include this iris. There is also a variety with white variegation, usually listed as Iris p. 'Argenta.' Fabulous anywhere, and plant enough so you can cut them and bring them indoors.

Climbing Rose

Common name:Climbing Rose
Botanical name:Rosa x spp (Climbers)

Climbing roses are a delightful way to add vertical color and interest to a garden. Not true vines, but rather brambles that need to be supported to grow along walls, fences, arbors, or other sturdy structures. Most rose types have climbers within their group; some hybrid teas are available as both shrub and climber (Peace Rose comes to mind).

Designer: Stephanie Duer

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.