irises need company
I moved to a new house in August that has a 4'X10' or so weed bed...ahem, iris bed...in the front, which faces west for partial sun. Now the weeds in this weed bed are well established, woody stemmed, and tougher than I am. This bed needs to be dug, and since I didn't get a chance to do it when I should have in August I'm going to do it this March. I realize this is probably making some iris lovers cringe, but it's either that or face an entire summer looking at a weed bed next to a bagworm infested evergreen. Eck!
This is my first flower bed, and I could use some advice. I didn't get to see the irises before I moved in, but judging from the spent blooms I did see these irises are a dark blue or purple. I don't know if they're bearded, siberian or what. I think once they're liberated they'll take up somewhere between one third to one half of the bed. What kind of perennials and foliage look good and grow well next to irises? I would prefer something that will look nice with minimal help from me, considering that we only plan to be here five years or so and I don't have much faith that whoever lives here next will take care of the plants.