In late spring and early summer, expect to see the irises begin to bloom.
Many people believe that nothing can match the beauty of an iris. They
come in bright, alive colors – in wide range as well – and they are
one of the first perennials (plants that come back year after year)
to bloom. With a little tender loving care, anyone can grow irises and
enjoy the beauty they provide.
Because of their wide range of vibrant colors, irises make excellent
landscaping plants. An artist with a palate of brown and blue is limited
in his painting ability. However, if he is given access to a variety
of colors such as yellow, blue, pink, violet, orange, purple, dark red,
and white – not to mentioned many combinations of these colors – he
can paint a beautiful masterpiece. The gardener can “paint” his own
masterpiece as well by planting these perennials in different shapes
and patterns. Use the large variety of hues to develop a “painting”
that will bloom to life in the late spring.
You can also combine species of iris as well. Different species bloom
at different times and have different colors. One of the things to consider
about this is to take into consideration your own climate. Not every
plant grows in every climate. You generally do not see palm trees in
Alaska. The best way to find the right irises is to check with the Internet,
books, or a local green thumb. Sometimes the latter are your best option
because they know the climate and can help you overcome the difficulties
When you plant your irises, make sure that you use looser soil – such
as soil mixed with compost. You will need to prepare to dig deep – in
some cases up to a foot into the ground – to make sure your bulb stays
safe and warm during the cold winter months. Most irises need dryer
soil as well, but check the species that you have to make sure. Some
thrive better in the wetlands.
The iris does have some natural enemies. Like many flowers, it is susceptible
to mildew and rot. Ensuring the right moisture conditions will help
the plants. This includes proper soil drainage. It also attracts a borer
beetle that eats through the roots and causes them to rot. Every few
years, a gardener should rotate where his irises are planting, taking
time to inspect the bulb. If he finds sign of the beetle, he should
throw away the bulb immediately,
But as long as they remain healthy – which is easy to do - irises make
a gorgeous addition to any landscape. They are a joy to plant and to
see bloom. Gardeners with the artistic flair can choose a variety of
colors and make his landscape his canvas, painting a picture with the
colors nature made. And with the ease of growing them, gardeners can
have a great deal of fun just designing the terrain.
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