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 thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they are a state of the art plant with a probably unending means for generating new types and styles.
In this accomplished and definitive advisor, iris specialist Kelly Norris presents an obtainable but authoritative assessment of those deservedly renowned vegetation. Introductory chapters express tips to develop effectively, how you can use them within the backyard, tips to opt for the easiest vegetation, and the way to "create" new irises. A advisor to Bearded Irises additionally offers photographs of the main remarkable 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 forte nurseries, agencies dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with awesome iris collections.
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Really, what could be further improved upon? I’ll always grow purple bearded irises, even if I secretly plot their exit in favor of something a little less typical and a lot more outlandish. ‘Purissima’ (Mohr-Mitchell 1927) White Even though for a gardener’s purposes white is really just an absence of color, we cannot forget the many different “ways” absence is marked by this spectral shade. White irises remind many gardeners of weddings, their pristine, crystalline petals whispering the strains of Pachelbel’s Canon and conjuring up visions of bridal tulle.
More modern award winners and head-turners include Marky Smith’s ‘Obsidian’ (2002), Roger Duncan’s ‘All Night Long’ (2005), and three Schreiner introductions, ‘Ghost Train’ (2001), ‘Fade to Black’ (2002), and ‘Badlands’ (2003). Pink Pink was second only to yellow as a color sought by 20th-century iris breeders; it long eluded them and richly rewarded those who finally attained it. The long road to pink irises began with what were called “pallida pinks,” orchid-pink blends that owed their ancestry to Iris pallida.
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. Well not exactly. Over the years I’ve found this to be a pretty contentious subject with some people, most of whom adamantly report that after several years bearded irises en masse seem to spontaneously change colors, often drastically too, from white to purple or vice versa.
A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts by Kelly Norris