I have always admired the perennial Siberian Iris, the blooms are beautiful…..but thats not all. After the blooms have faded you still get the wonderful, study, sharp green foliage. Pair Siberian Iris next to a yellow perennial such as coreopsis 'moonbeam' and you have a great looking pair in your garden.
I have been noticing a plant on the side of the road called Common Milkweed. These plants are a major source of food for the monarch butterfly, and the milkweed leaf beetle. They can grow up to 6 feet tall and have pinkish purple flower clusters. The seeds pods when ready open up and are wisked away by the wind, the seeds are attached to white fluffy puffs. I will always think of these puffs as 'wishes', because when I was a kid I would catch them and think of a wish hoping it would come true. Next time you see one its worth a try making a wish on one!