Bearded Iris are on of the great joys of spring and early summer because of their magnificent range of colours and the bold, flamboyance of the flower shape.
The flowering season for bearded Iris is April to June. Both the timing and duration of flowering is influenced by temperature. Here in the south, the flowering period seems to get extended with each passing dull summer – I think we can get up to 3 months of flowers.
A great plant for tough conditions, these plants grow to a height of 32 inches. The Bearded Iris is a perennial, so it comes back year after year without you having to replant. It is extremely cold tolerant, but also extremely heat & drought tolerant.
The basic needs of the Bearded Iris is that it requires a sunny position so don't plant in shady areas. The best feeding to us is a slow release pellets, approximately 3 scoops per plant.
These Iris are very low maintenance, requiring very little effort at all. Plant rhizones, leaving the top just above ground level. Plants can be left in the ground all winter and they will flower faithfully year after year, dividing clumps every 3-4 years is all you need to do. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Some of my favourite varieties are:
Snow Mound, Night Owl, Loop de Loop, Black Dragon, On Edge.
A lovely combination with Bearded Iris is Gladioli, which I discussed in last week's issue. Along with this lovely companion plant, here are some more that would go very well with the Bearded Iris: Phlox, Oriental Poppies, Roses, Day Lilies
What I did last year was plant some Iris rhizones where Daffodils are and the combination worked terrifically! The foliage of the Iris, disguised the withering leaves of the Daffodils, so this was a fantastic success!
Create your own beautiful cottage garden with these plants!
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In next week's issue, we will be talking about herbaceous Phlox. It's one of my favourites – I know, I can hear you say 'she has a lot of favourites', but I really do love so many plants. It's a lovely world when you're interested in the beauty of flowers!