My current floral fascination is with iris. More specifically, iris germanica, best known as 'tall bearded iris'. I have other species, like the bulbed reticulata and Dutch iris, and other rhizomatic species like yellow flags.
My iris have started blooming for this year. The roses are budding quite well, and my tomatoes are on the verge of set planting.
Okay...Tall bearded iris come in a broad palette of colors, but blues/purples predominate and true reds are impossible. (This is the opposite of hybrid roses, where reds are the prevalent color and true blues are impossible.) Iris are drought tolerant, aka xerotropic. Iris are tolerant of 'poor soils' and will prosper where other plants will fail over time. Iris are very disease resistant, but they do fall victim to fungal rot on their rhizomes (root stock) and leaf depredation by gastropods (slugs and snails). Many dislike them because altho they may provide three weeks of beautiful blooms, the rest of the growing season they show spikey knee-high leafing. They must be provided with long duration FULL SUN....i.e., they will compete for space with the likes of roses and delphinium.
I still have a few late bloomers amongst the iris...but the next regime to adorn my garden will be roses. They are pretty much in full bloom right now. I also have bleeding hearts, a clematis, and a honeysuckle in full bloom and a couple star jasmine heavy with buds about to open.
My cornus kousa (aka strawberry tree or Chinese dogwood) and my styrax japonica (aka Japanese snowbell) trees are both in full bloom as well.
The nice thing about hybrid roses is that I will get two to three more blooms this growing season. The iris are done.
After the first bloom of roses, the rudbeckia should be ready to bloom