By Kelly Norris
The range of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they carry again hot stories of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they are a state of the art plant with a likely never-ending ability for generating new varieties and styles.
In this accomplished and definitive consultant, iris professional Kelly Norris offers an available but authoritative evaluate of those deservedly well known crops. Introductory chapters convey tips to develop effectively, the right way to use them within the backyard, find out how to decide on the easiest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally offers pictures of the main impressive crops in all of the six well-known different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists uniqueness nurseries, firms dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with outstanding iris collections.
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Zonals look like lights — a little bulb beaming from the center of the flower. They look smashing in combination with white or cream flowers that play off the glow emanating from within. Plant a clump of a zonal and watch it flower into a fantastic focal point. ‘Lullaby of Spring’ (Schreiner 1987) with columbines Texture Aside from coming in virtually all colors of the rainbow except a true red, bearded irises can spike the texture in your garden scene. When I think about texture, I really just think about contrast.
Though the parentage remains unknown and subject to speculation, there’s no arguing that almost every yellow tall bearded iris and many median irises trace back definitively to ‘W. R. Dykes’. ‘W. R. Dykes’ had two horticultural drawbacks. One was its tendency toward flecking, perhaps due to the remnants of a virus that once infected the plant (the streaking reminds me of the so-called Rembrandt tulips that set off the Dutch Tulipomania of the 17th century); regardless of the cause it’s unusually lovely.
They must have “Red Cross” gardens — essentially sterile environments in which to cultivate Miltonian paradise. Please. Of course, I’m not blind. I’ve seen gardens where clumps of bearded irises, planted in the spotlight, sulk in midsummer. Their foliage dies back and turns brown, and the memory of spring’s flourish is forgotten in the face of the now-deserted stage. It happens and what’s a gardener to do? But I’ve also been to some fabulous gardens where bearded irises pair wonderfully with an assortment of perennials and shrubs, look good throughout the season, and add contrast to the garden scene long after they’ve bloomed.