Every once in a while, best laid plans actually come to fruition.
Such was the case with this vignette, for which I am linking to Anna (Flutter and Hum) and her Wednesday Vignette meme.
Allow me to deconstruct, showing you the Berberis replicata on the far right of the first photo. After having put forth mostly orange blossoms earlier, we are left with torpedo-shaped dusky rose berries (drupes?).
The background plant is Physocarpus oputifolius ‘Summer Wine’. Last year, the fountainlike branches of pale pink blooms engulfed the iris, which did not bloom (as a result? I don’t know). I pruned the ninebark pretty drastically, hoping for the best. Yowza! The branches still arch gracefully and bloom at the same time as the iris.
So here’s the star of the show, fittingly: Iris ‘Beverly Sills’. Most of my Iris are out along the fence line. I treat that like a proving ground to see actual colors, bloom time and vigor. My challenge to myself is to find the right spots for them, where they can shine in a garden setting.
As you can see, the color in this photo is less dynamic, but it shows how the shapes of the Iris leaves play off of the other textures nearby. Once the pinkish flowers have faded, the bright red blooms of the Zauschneria garettii, spilling over the rock edging, will change the nature of this bed…still using the wine red foliage of the Barberry as a backdrop and assisted by an army of drumstick Alliums to the left.