Newest Review: ... will grow in any good soil but not in acidy soil they like neutral ground. Plant the rhizomes, as they are called in late June or ear... more
Member Name: January
Advantages: Pretty to look at
Disadvantages: they need the sun
The Iris in my opinion is a beautiful flower and comes in so many colours and shades of colour that it's sometimes hard to choose which type to plant in the garden. A lot of people usually have the dark purple plant which make a good display of colour every year.
You can however get dwarf iris which are yellow white and a very light lilac colour. The best types to look for are the Blue Doll and Blue Denim as they are named and they grows to about four to ten inches high. Their flower is delicate and attractive in the garden.
You can get bearded and beardless iris, the bearded ones have hairy beards on the falls of the flowers. The falls are the outer petals of the blooms.
I always think an iris is much like the orchid, an unusual bloom which can have you stood looking at it for ages while you take in the colour and the scent. A beautiful flower which brightens up any garden and attracts the bees and the butterflies.
An iris plant loves the sunshine so if you have a shaded garden you'll find it difficult to get these to grow, I made the mistake of planting some in the wrong place when I had just started to get interested in gardening. A friend had dug lots of them up and I took them home and put them in the wrong place and they never grew enough to bloom. Having learned that lesson, I have a nice collection of varieties in the sunny spot of my garden, these add lots of colour to the place.
They will grow in any good soil but not in acidy soil they like neutral ground. Plant the rhizomes, as they are called in late June or early July. You can plant in early September at the latest.
Prepare the bed with bone, old manure and compost and plant the rhizomes facing the same way. They need to be about twelve inches apart. Top the rhizomes with a tip of each showing and make sure it gets lots of water as they won't take if they dry out.
They don't like weeds so keep the ground free from weeds and in winter cut back the leaves to stop the slugs attacking.
They like to be fed around march with fertilizer which is not to rich in nitrogen. When the plants have flowered don't forget to take the dead heads off to help improve the look of the display.
Summary: One of my favorites