A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for by Kelly Norris

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 thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they are a state-of-the-art plant with a doubtless unending ability for generating new varieties and styles.

In this entire and definitive advisor, iris specialist Kelly Norris offers an obtainable but authoritative evaluation of those deservedly renowned vegetation. Introductory chapters exhibit the way to develop effectively, the way to use them within the backyard, easy methods to decide upon the simplest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally presents photographs of the main notable crops in all 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, corporations dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with amazing iris collections.

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In fact, visitors to my nursery often ask for them by name, preferring solid colors to bicolors and wild patterns. To each his own — the iris world can satisfy! Though I tend to prefer unusual colors and patterns in my own garden, I’m still a sucker for a clump of a dark black iris or competing clumps of cardinal and gold, the colors of my alma mater. Nothing beats the audacity of unblemished color in full force in late spring. Variegata An iris with yellow or near-yellow standards and darker falls of brown, red, or purple.

The dwarf and median realm boasts blue-bearded yellows like the SDB ‘Experiment’ (Black 2005) and the IB ‘Blue Eyed Blonde’ (Ensminger 1989). MTBs still carry the colors of their ancestor Iris variegata, but ‘Yellow Flirt’ (Fisher 1998) burnishes up that old-school look. It no doubt inherited some of that pizzazz from ever-so-happy-looking ‘Chickee’ (Dunderman 1980). My go-to yellow BB is the award-winning ‘Little Mary Sunshine’ (Roderick 1990), a ruffled daytime yellow with white on the falls.

I wish I could out them from the catalogs and nurseries on your behalf. Second, consider how you’re growing your irises. True, they are tough plants. But just because they can thrive under a range of circumstances doesn’t mean we should always pit them against the worst or offer them neglect. Use bearded irises to punch up your gardens with color and springtime life. They’re bold plants with rich histories and unprecedented colors. Surrender the stage! Myth: Bearded irises have no place in small gardens.

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