For 49 weeks a year I think tall bearded Iris are a waste of garden space. Dandelions love to grow in impossibly tight spaces between their rhizomes. Leaves get tatty and mottled by the end of July, and are unremarkable the rest of the growing season. You’re supposed to divide the rhizomes every few years. Ugh.
But for three weeks in late spring, oh my! I don’t have a wide assortment of tall bearded Iris and I haven’t added any new varieties recently, but that doesn’t stop me from being enthralled by the beauty of the few now in bloom. Also just starting to bloom, almost like the garnish to an entree, are Siberian Iris.