Iris flowers add a great deal of beauty to the garden for their brief burst of colour. This iris was in the garden when I moved here, so I’m not sure of the variety. I’ve divided it and moved it to many different exposures around the garden and it does well in all of them, from part sun to medium shade. I’ve been pleased with how many blossoms it has, even in the shadiest areas. This variety blooms in late spring. Although each plant only flowers for about 2 weeks, the iris blooms in a wave around my yard that lasts about 6 weeks. It always starts blooming in the bed by my back door, which is the warmest and sunniest. It then blooms around my deck, and ends with a flourish in the shady south east corner of the yard.
This iris looks best in groups by itself, although I have it mixed with other perennials too. It has standards that are a soft yellow and falls that are stippled maroon, with borders of yellow. At first I wasn’t as fond of the colour of the falls combined with the yellow, although I have grown to like it more every year.
The iris doesn’t require too much maintenance, other than removing the spent blossoms as they fade. Deadheading is actually a satisfying job, since the plants look so good when the decaying flowers are removed and the new blooms can shine. Besides, you don’t have to bend over as far when deadheading compared to weeding. It’s an easy job to do in short bursts while puttering around the garden. Although I’ve dug up, divided and replanted it to fill many areas as needed, there are sections of iris that I haven’t divided and they are still flowering fine. I put the rhizomes close to the surface of the soil, when transplanting them. In the fall I usually cut the foliage back.
There are more pictures of iris in a later post here.If it looks familiar, feel free to suggest a variety name.