|Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin'|
Those who love spring irises know that one reason they stand out as more desirable than crocuses is rock irises open and stay open. This means that even on a gloomy, rainy spring day, they are open to be enjoyed. Crocuses only open when it is sufficiently warm and sunny.
|Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' open even in the shade of early morning on the Shade Path. |
|A view of Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' in the afternoon sun.|
|Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' are planted on the outside border away from the house for the ease of seeing them through a window on cold or gloomy day in early spring.|
|I love this color combination: deep purple Hellebores orientalis, light blue of Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' and the medium purple Crocus vernus.|
|Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin' with a bit of green ground cover provided by forget-me-not foliage (Myosotis) and Sedum 'Acre', both being early spring risers. |
See what else blooms around this time in a Pennsylvania, zone 5 garden by reading about Gilmore Gardens in March.