By Kelly Norris
The range of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they carry again hot thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they seem to be a state-of-the-art plant with a possible never-ending potential for generating new types and styles.
In this accomplished and definitive advisor, iris specialist Kelly Norris presents an available but authoritative evaluation of those deservedly well known crops. Introductory chapters exhibit easy methods to develop effectively, find out how to use them within the backyard, tips to decide upon the simplest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally presents pix of the main striking crops in all the six famous different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists strong point nurseries, organisations dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with awesome iris collections.
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Extra resources for A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
Whether planted next to a swarm of black irises or intermittently between lupines, white bearded irises occupy hallowed places in many gardens. For my part, I’ve spent years putting down white flowers of any sort — particularly white irises, after watching so many wither into mucus-like blobs of wet tissue after a rain storm. In all fairness that isn’t really the color’s fault; it’s more an issue of substance. ‘Pure Innocence’ (Sutton 2006) The first white bearded irises were diploids from Iris pallida and I.
French-born ‘Buisson de Roses’ (Cayeux 1998) approaches true hot pink, particularly in cooler climates. Steve Poole’s inbred pinks like ‘Georgia’s Dream’ (2010) and ‘Kaelin’s Lipstick’ (2011) max out the color intensity of blush pink with superb stalks and near-plastic floral substance. In addition to apricots, another by-product of pinks was more yellows, a trait combination still being explored by breeders and fueled by a market ever interested in the exotic and bizarre. Though bred from pink and white parents, Lowell Baumunk’s ‘Just A Kiss Away’ (2009) epitomizes my definition of yellow-pink blends, complete with more lace than you can imagine.
Black The mainstream gardening public is smitten with blue, but the horticultural deviants of the world lust for black. Black flowers are seductive, luring gardeners in with a color it seems we’re just not supposed to have. Black irises rev it up a notch with large, ruffled flowers and silken petals that drip with color; their novelty and rarity entice the senses and the checkbook. Fortunately for iris lovers, black flowers run the gamut of the bearded iris continuum — from the petite MDB ‘Bete Noire’ (Smith 2009) to the Dykes Medal–winning ‘Before the Storm’ (Innerst 1989).