1. Pajaritomt said, “Because I love them. Same reason I love strawberry shortcake. They are beautiful, easy to grow and come in more colors, shapes and sizes that one would ever believe possible.” And that is it. They are simple, easy to grow plants that are a classic in the garden. You can not go wrong with adding iris to your life. They are one of the easiest plants to use, grow and love you can ever add to the garden.
2. Breath Taking Beauty – No matter how many iris I have seen, how many years they are in my garden, or how they came to my garden, I find that each new morning when the iris are in bloom I jump up to see their colors and shapes in the morning dew. These are not just a plant that will complement others in the garden. It is a plant that in bloom stands up and says look at me I am here and sent to give you a great start to a great day!
3. Tough Plants – I hear time and time again that when every other plant in the garden has failed the iris are still there. You can find them in places long left by humans, still there doing what they were planted to do. They guard many a forgotten grave. When families’ minds have grown dim in time they are still there growing, blooming, and keeping watch. These are not a plant that will just give up after a bad year. They will be there today and for a long time to come.
4. Carefree – Apart from a very few pests, these plants are carefree wonders. They would have to be to live in all the places and conditions they not only live in but thrive in. Forget to feed them, they dare you. Forget to water, they double dog dare you. They are there and will take the abuse and neglect that all our gardens get from time to time.
5. They Bring in Others – What other plant can you grow in your yard and have so many people look at and get interested in just by seeing the blooms? What other plant gives you so many names that the whole neighborhood comes over just to read them all? What other plant gives you extra plants begging to be shared with the new friends their blooms bring you? Nothing but the wonderful iris gives so much and takes so little.
Bringing an end to our twelve part odyssey through the world of iris is hard for me to do. There is so much more to tell you, so much more to share. I strongly suggest that you head over to the Iris Forum here at Dave’s Garden. I ask you to go to the public gardens near you that offer tours. I ask you to go to the Garden Watchdog and see what good vendors there are near you. I ask you to learn more, read more, and by all means get out there and plant an iris!
I want to thank Pajaritomt, Jackieshar, Avmoran, Irisloverdee, Happygarden, and Doss for answering my many research questions for this article. Thank you to mgh for these wonderful images.