The three-year-old beds east of the house have matured and are full of color this year. The beautiful white iris (wish you could smell the fragrance) is a passalong from DH's grandmother. The pale blue-violet iris is I. pallida and the little white rose in back of the iris is 'Marie Pavie'. Beyond that the big white rose is the hybrid rugosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton'.
I have an idea of how to describe the white iris' fragrance. Believe it or not, I just discovered yesterday, after growing Hubrect's Amsonia for 10 years, that the flowers are fragrant. As I wrote in an earlier post, the flowers didn't look that wonderful before this year (I think the plant just needed a spring compost boost), not like something that should be as deliciously fragrant as it is. I always just thought I was getting the fragrance of the white iris, as it does drift around the garden. Anyway, take the fragrance of Hubrect's Amsonia, add a dash of vanilla, and you have the fragrance of the white iris.
Smooth Phlox, Crepscule on arbor, a mystery China/Gallica hybrid nicknamed Delia's Purple, and in the background a seedling of the rugosa hybrid Foxi Pavement.
Clotilde Soupert in front, Hansa on left and Sir Thomas Lipton on the right. In the distance are the vegetable garden and big perennial bed.