For a long time I was always hot to own the latest plant. These days I'm much less interested in new for newness sake. If it performs better, is more disease resistant or is hardier, then I'll take a look. But there is something to be said for old favorites, plants that have been with you from the start.
I ordered this Iris from Heritage Gardens in the summer of 1990 and have been growing it ever since. It's a dwarf — Iris pumilla 'Cherry Garden" — that gets from 12 to 15 inches (30-38 cm) tall. Even though it only blooms once, it is so deeply saturated with color that it's worth its short moment of glory. The leaves look good and can be cut back to push regrowth if they get ratty or floppy. The last few years, I've been dividing it and spreading it throughout the Sacred Grove. The best $3.19 (1.91 BPS) I ever spent!