One thing I recall about my husband's boyhood home:
in the summer there were always moss roses blooming next to the backsteps.
The most unique characteristic of moss rose
is that its color palette almost rivals that of iris.
Purple, yellow, pink, white, red, burgundy, orange--
it seems there's a color for every preference.
Because we like to have a lot of "heirloom" flowers around us,
my husband and I planted moss rose in my reclaimed "sun" bed this summer.
They have really taken off, rapidly filling in and blooming all over the place.
Seeing them always makes me smile...
and remember when.