The Bearded Iris is simply a magnificent flower with tons of potential in any garden or landscape area. It grows best in climate zones three through nine and will grow anywhere from eight to fifteen inches in height. It prefers areas will full sunlight or partial shade environments and conditions. It shows its colors from spring to summer months of the year and love soils that are moist and well drained. For centuries, this beautiful flower has been a symbol for French royalty giving it another reason it is such a popular choice. It can grow in almost every region in the world and is particularly hardy and versatile. The name means for rainbow, and the name Iris is particularly special to the Greek community as this was the goddess who bore messages between heaven and earth. The name for this plant is fitting because the colors are endless.
There are so many varieties, some variegated, some multi-colored and some blended types. The flower will produce three upturned petals that are called standards and will also have three downward facing petals called falls. This flower will look great as a bordering flower, planted in groups or create a show piece in your garden that will be sure to impress and please not only you, but your visitors as well. These flowers will also attract butterflies and bees to your garden, making it look alive and thumping! It comes in any color of the flower you can purchase that will have a second blooming period. So not only will they appear during spring through summer of the year but will also come around again in the early fall months. The variety called “Immortality” will produce bright white blooms in June and then again at the end of the summer. It truly is amazing to see. This flower will give you years of service and will come back for many years before needing to be replanted. Make the Bearded Iris the next thing you purchase for your garden, and you will not be disappointed!
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