Now I guess I need to figure out which type we have, Mitch! We have a whole section of our tiny garden devoted to Iris but I think there are many different types in there,,, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Do you have to water yours, in TX? x, Carrie
Great article and beautiful pictures. I love irises. The bearded are my favorite and I always look for the rebloomers. I was surprised by one I planted 2 years ago and it did not bloom in spring with my others, but in late fall, when everything else was dying, then came a huge pure white iris and it lasted quite a while.
Not only are the flowers beautiful, but I think the foliage is very nice looking.
Nicely done Mitch. Great overview of the types of iris. And you are right about how fussy the Pacific Coast can be. I planted 25 one year and only about 6 are left, but the ones that are left are breathtaking.
Great article Mitch!! I have lots and lots of irises but majority if not all are bearded. They were the only things other than weeds that would grow here when we moved in. Everything else would wither and die or burn up and die. I now have lots of other plants but irises are still number one in here. :~)
I just read Part 1 of the article "The story of Iris" (I'm new to Dave's Garden and I've been reading the article backward)---and I just want to say I'm a bearded iris lover living in a climate that doesn't like them. I'm on the border of Zone 8b and 9A and I've been really annoyed by catalogs that say they'll grow in Zone 9. In California maybe, or parts of Texas, but our rain-soaked Florida summers, short, warm-one-minute-cold-the-next winters, and spring seasons that blister with heat and drought are no doubt the reason most of my neighbors don't even bother trying to grow them. I know of two yards here in Ocala where I've seen them, and one acquaintance of some years back tried and said hers rotted the first summer.
Is it true that re-bloomers will do better than this?
For FL I would have to guess and I hate to guess! I love bearded iris and when I lived in Mexico I was able to make one Iris make it there and take - that was a zone 11 location. I would guess that if you build a raised bed that was fast draining you would have much better luck. They dont like wet feet!