We used to plant yellow tulips with 'Queen of Night' when we lived in CT. The trick is to get a yellow which bloomed at the same time. We do a few early species tulips here because of the fondness of the deer for the larger ones.
There was a gal over on Gardenweb years ago who posted the most lovely pics of her iris on a steep hill in California. She was a master at color combinations. The only way I can do that is if I move them while they are blooming. I took lots of pics this year and made notes but it's still hard to get the artistic look she had.
Can't remember the gal's name...maybe she's here? If so, I want her to post more of her pics.
Yeah, I traded iris with her a few times. All my info is on an old computer that won't start. She made me want to move to California, and last week, my oldest daughter moved there. she had heard me talk about the flowers and the long growing season for years and years so I guess she's living my dream! She's up in Pleasant Hill outside San Fran and she has sent me some beautiful pictures. I'm hoping I get to go visit when the iris are blooming. I would love to see some of the hybridizers' growing fields.
The gal I'm thinking of had a garden goddes statue and another great photo of a really fat cat sitting next to a toad statue and I used that photo as my background pic for years.