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By Kelly Norris

The range of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they bring about again hot stories of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they seem to be a state of the art plant with a likely unending ability for generating new types and styles.

In this complete and definitive advisor, iris professional Kelly Norris presents an obtainable but authoritative assessment of those deservedly well known crops. Introductory chapters express find out how to develop effectively, how you can use them within the backyard, how one can opt for the easiest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally presents photos of the main amazing crops in all the six well-known different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists uniqueness nurseries, companies dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with outstanding iris collections.

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Modern TBs like ‘Sun Power’ (Johnson 2004) and ‘Sunblaze’ (Keppel 2004) seemingly harness solar energy into a colorful glare that brightens any garden setting in late spring. ‘Jubal’ (Innerst 1993) ‘County Cork’ (Schreiner 2007) If you have a taste for softer yellows — buttery, creamy, and the like — there are plenty of choices. The tall bearded ‘Lion’s Share’ (Jameson 1992) is one of the finest in this category, though unfortunately not as widely grown as it should be. ‘Italian Ice’ (Cadd 2001), a recent Wister Medal winner, also deserves mention in this category for its floral reconstitution of a tasty dessert.

I’ve traced consistently poor flowering in some gardens to regular foliar butchering the previous summer more than once on a help call at our nursery. On a natural cycle, new foliar growth often begins during periods of cooler temperatures in mid-autumn. The easy truth about myths is that they’re always untrue. Don’t let these horticultural tall tales get in the way of growing and enjoying bearded irises. In the chapters ahead I’ll cover the essentials for cultivating healthy, robust bearded irises.

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.

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