By Kelly Norris
The range 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 are a state-of-the-art plant with a possible unending means for generating new kinds and styles.
In this complete and definitive advisor, iris professional Kelly Norris presents an obtainable but authoritative assessment of those deservedly well known vegetation. Introductory chapters convey the way to develop effectively, easy methods to use them within the backyard, tips on how to select the simplest vegetation, and the way to "create" new irises. A advisor to Bearded Irises additionally presents pics of the main impressive crops in all the six well-known different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists forte nurseries, companies dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with outstanding iris collections.
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They shine like divas in the spotlight in gardens where just a few colors mingle — potentially a pro or con, depending on your intention. In essence they need a moment of garden space to shine in their time. For fearless color gardeners, there could never be a more perfect iris. Blend, ‘Silicon Prairie’ (Stanek 1991) Blend, ‘Flamingo Gringo’ (Kasperek 2009) Luminata An iris with white or yellow hafts, with the remainder of the flower washed with white veins. Genetic relatives of the plicata, luminatas have a characteristic washed or veined appearance, with color excluded from the veins and immaculate white or yellow hafts.
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. They can also stir up chatter that leads to full-on gossip — too much yakety yak, amounting to visual noise instead of pleasant harmony. It’s a matter of taste and style: the eccentric gardener will love them, the understated gardener will respectfully decline.
Whether due to their rock star status as the diva of spring, or their simple familiarity to gardeners of all stripes, bearded irises grow and show well in just about any garden setting that meets their basic biological requirements, in concert with a medley of similarly cultured plants. If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s assembling thriving plants together in combinations. But planting something in my garden can turn into an agonizing creative process if I haven’t given it a little thought.
A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts by Kelly Norris