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Iris Plants Are A Garden Staple For Fine Flower & Perennial Gardens
Bearded Iris- Iris x germanica
The Bearded Iris is a perennial flowering plant valued for its large variety of stunning colors. Most commonly seen blooms are white, blue, lavender, violet, yellow and red. The Bearded Iris gets its name from the soft hairs that grow in the center of the flower. The stalk is green with a couple of pointed green leaves that point upward to show off the beautiful blooms. Each bloom has an upper and downward set of ruffled petals, with a small fuzzy clump of soft hairs amid the leaves. Its foliage is riotously colorful by nature, proudly standing out as a focal point in the garden. It has a sweet scent and is lovely when presented as a cut flower.
The Bearded Iris is easy to care for and does not require a lot of maintenance. Here are some tips that will encourage this beautiful flower to provide many years of enjoyment. Ideally, this flowering perennial should be planted in late summer with fertilizer. The Bearded Iris is a heavy feeder. Fertilizer should be given when new growth appears in the spring, again after blooms appear and last in the fall for a total of three times a year. Growth rate starts over each year, and the plant grows to about two feet in height. This flowering plant is a sustained whose active growth period is in the spring to summer season. The Bearded Iris needs a lot of sunlight to perform well. It will produce the most blooms when planted in areas that have full sunlight throughout the day. Sunshine during part of the day will allow for the production of a smaller amount of blooms. Full shade is not recommended. Well-drained soil conditions are the key to maintaining good health. Its water needs are mild to moderate in nature. This Iris should not be rooted in an area with perpetually wet soil as it will cause the roots to rot and die.
The beauty of the Bearded Iris adds an enviable elegance to gardens and landscaping. Practical uses include being included to make perfume and aromatherapy. Gardeners who battle nature find this plant particularly useful as it is resistant to deer and rabbits.
dwarf crested iris
The dwarf crested iris is a flower that is often found in throughout many of the states and regions in the eastern half of the U.S. Their primary stems are anywhere from dark green to light yellow. These stems usually have two to eight branches. The sickle-shaped leaves are both brown and green. Bunches of the plant tend to branch together and creep over entire flowerbeds. The characteristic light lavender blossom appears from spring to early summer. The end of its yearly cycle comes in winter when it becomes dormant.
Sometimes these blossoms are white or even pink. These blossoms have two pairs of petals: Three on the outside and three on the inside. After this blossoming, the flower continues to grow. It reproduces by making a capsule full of seeds after the blossom appears. The dwarf crested iris was first introduced to England in the mid-18th century. It was already native to America where it flourishes in the areas that were previously mentioned. It does well in woodland areas, mountainous areas, rocky hillsides, ravine bottoms, and along streams.
Also, it does best in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. It can survive in sunny areas but does best in semi-shaded and cold regions. This flower is favorite for gardeners planting a rock garden. If you are planning to use it for the first time, be aware that you should apply peat and sharp sand first. It can be planted in the spring, summer, or autumn. Gardeners will also want to be aware of its primary enemies: snails, slugs, deer, iris borer, verbena bud moth, whiteflies, iris weevil, thrips, aphids, and nematodes.
After planting, it can grow up to ten years. It is familiar to most nurseries and therefore easy to find. The dwarf crested iris is just one type of iris. The iris species is exceptionally diverse.
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