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Iris are loved for their spiky spring foliage and delicate flowers that grow on tall stems. They typically blossom from late spring into summer, depending on the variety.

Iris unguicularis ‘Mary Barnard’; Beardless iris with tough, grasslike leaves and bright violet flowers in midwinter. H 12 in (30 cm).

Beardless iris with tough, grasslike leaves and bright violet flowers in midwinter. H 12 in cm).

Discover different types of iris you can grow in your garden.

Iris Varieties

The English iris is a midsized, narrow-leaved iris with flowers in blue, violet or white. One of my favorite flowers.

Canna ‘Endeavour’; Tall stems of bright red, irislike flowers from midsummer to early fall. Cannas grow from rhizomes. H 5–7 ft (1.5–2.2 m); S 20 in (50 cm).

The brilliant canna 'Endeavour' grows from rhizomes. These iris-like flowers bloom from midsummer to early fall.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival + How to Grow Tulips

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival + How to Grow Tulips

Nerium oleander  is a rounded shrub or small tree, with long, dark green leaves and an abundance of single or double, sometimes fragrant flowers in variety of colors. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous.

Poisonous Plants: Nerium oleander is a rounded shrub or small tree, with long, dark green leaves and an abundance of single or double, sometimes fragrant flowers in variety of colors. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous.

Regardless of the size of your garden, there is always space for these strikingly vibrant bulbs. Flip through this gallery from HGTV Gardens to find the most beautiful bulbs for spring.

Gladiolus produces aromatic, pale yellow or cream flowers on thin, arching stems in spring. Gladioli grow from tender corms, so dig them up in the fall for overwintering indoors. HGTV Spring Bulbs to Plant this Fall

Verbena offer rounded clusters of small, burgundy-red flowers from midsummer to fall.

Verbena offer rounded clusters of small, burgundy-red flowers from midsummer to fall for hanging baskets.

The satisfaction a seasoned gardener enjoys is the result of patience, time, and experience: trial and error, taking some chances, watching things thrive—and sometimes watching them fail. But a beginning gardener needs a few sure things, plants that are easy to grow and maintain, and that will give them the confidence to move on to greater challenges. Check out these 20 garden gimmes, practically guaranteed to bring lush beauty to the garden with minimal effort.

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