By Kelly Norris
The variety of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they convey again hot stories of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they seem to be a state of the art plant with a likely never-ending capability for generating new kinds and styles.
In this accomplished and definitive consultant, iris professional Kelly Norris presents an obtainable but authoritative assessment of those deservedly well known vegetation. Introductory chapters convey tips on how to develop effectively, easy methods to use them within the backyard, easy methods to decide on the easiest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally presents pix of the main impressive vegetation in all of the six famous different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists area of expertise nurseries, businesses dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with striking iris collections.
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Bicolors make the world go round. Sure, I love elegant all-one-colored irises too, but spice it up with bi-, tri-, and quadricolored flowers, and now you’re talking. The term is a little misleading in a way. Amoenas, after all, are bicolors, but a specific one (“white and . ”). Bitones are also bicolors, just variations in shade. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say that broadly speaking if two or more colors show up on the tepals of an iris flower, it’s a bicolor, regardless of the nuances. Bicolors provide remarkable contrast with other companion flowers, creating possibilities for animated conversations in the garden.
It’s hard to imagine what iris patterns look like to bees or other insects, but it may be telling that the plicata pattern is genetically recessive to self flowers. The next time you’re in the garden, just imagine what a bee thinks. Self An iris with standards and falls of the same color. This “pattern” is fairly self-explanatory and despite being common by default, it’s still a valuable addition to the garden. In fact, visitors to my nursery often ask for them by name, preferring solid colors to bicolors and wild patterns.
Edging in early spring often does the trick. If you’ve “double dug” your beds, the “lip” between the soil level and the grass often is enough to keep wandering grass stolons at bay. Third, enjoy companion plants with your irises. Gardens with rich plantings often have fewer weeds, and why not enjoy the seasonal diversity of annuals, perennials, and shrubs long after your irises have left the stage? Myth: Bearded irises have a lot of problems. I disagree. In fact at some point in our gardening lives, we’re bound to encounter problems with some plants we grow.