A simple garden strategy, which saves time and money but is often ignored, is to grow plants in the right place the first time planted. No plant demonstrates this more easily than the iris.
Bearded irises are so big and bold and flowers in so many colors, we all want them in our gardens. To be sure, they do belong in a cutting garden. But they are not for every planting bed or region.
You will want to consider how to grow iris and pick which type before taking them on.
Bearded irises like it higher and drier while beardless irises tolerate moist well-draining soils and crested iris is an example of a species perfect for pond landscapes.
If you have a smaller garden, do not worry. Dwarf bearded iris has the same flower form and spikey leaves but is shorter and will take up less space in your summer garden.
By the way, those sword shaped leaves are great neighboring plants for flowers that tend to flop over.
So, consider bearded or beardless iris or some for near water; having flower stalks from a cutting garden on hand for a bouquet of flowers may be motivation enough to stay gardening.