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 possible never-ending means for generating new types and styles.

In this complete and definitive consultant, iris specialist Kelly Norris offers an available but authoritative evaluation of those deservedly renowned crops. Introductory chapters convey find out how to develop effectively, how you can use them within the backyard, tips to decide on the simplest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A advisor to Bearded Irises additionally presents photos of the main awesome 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 strong point nurseries, firms dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with remarkable iris collections.

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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. The second drawback was its unshakable reputation for being difficult to grow; though I’ve not found it all that persnickety in my own garden, it certainly qualifies as a slow increaser. ‘Melted Butter’ (Fan 1994) ‘Flavescens’ (De Candolle 1813) ‘Sunblaze’ (Keppel 2004) I could probably write an entire chapter on what happened to yellows after ‘W.

Brown Brown, like black, has an allure for color-crazed folks keen on one-upping the gardening neighborhood. Sure, everyone has some bronzecolored mums in September, but who has cinnamon and chocolate and copper in May other than an iris lover? Most brown irises trace back to antecedents like Iris variegata and a Havana-brown tall bearded from France called ‘Jean Cayeux’ (Cayeux 1931). But it was an Oregon doctor, Rudolph Kleinsorge, who really transformed the iris world, with irises like ‘Aztec Copper’ (1939), ‘Daybreak’ (1941), and ‘Goldbeater’ (1944).

I think I’ve heard it all when it comes to myths and excuses about why someone can’t grow bearded irises. Too often those of us in the profession take a little too much pride in making the horticulture behind the gardening seem complicated. You don’t need a degree to grow a beautiful garden, or to grow beautiful bearded irises. Instead, let’s put aside the myths and misconceptions in favor of good, smart gardening practices, cold hard facts, and a little dirty know-how. Myth: Bearded irises change colors.

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