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Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’ Iris x robusta is a designation for a hybrid of two native American irises, Iris versicolor and Iris virginica. ‘Gerald Darby’ is noted for its violet-blue flowers and dusky purple spring foliage. This plant is touted for its use in sunny sites near ponds, water gardens and moist borders. Purple flowers with yellow-splashed sepals (falls) appeared on purplish-black stems. Flowering began in early June and persisted for about two weeks. One evaluator recommended removing the spent flowers in midsummer.
Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ Burgundy/ maroon pin cushion-like blooms averaging 1" across. Flowers heavily end of May through June then sporadically until frost. Deadheading promotes repeat blooms and tidies up overall appearance. Very attractive when in bloom. Foliage presents with neat clean, silvery green basal mounds round out as the season progresses. Evaluators agreed this plant can look a little ratty at times due to its loose habit. No disease or pest problems.
Phlox divaricata ‘Plum Perfect’ Plum Perfect’s flowers area a lavender- plum purple with a darker red purple eye zone blooming Late May into June. The flowers have a slight vanilla fragrance and attract butterflies. The foliage on this Woodland Phlox is a fine textured medium to dark green. Burgundy tones come up in cooler spring or fall weather.