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June 3, 2011

Irises make a perfect addition to a perinneal flower garden

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Irises have a fan-like foliage and spectacular flowers. Better yet, they are easy to grow. They are versatile, carefree plants that bloom dependably and multiply annually without much help. The blossoms are large and have a huge array of colors.

There are lots of varieties, including bearded iris, reblooming iris, Siberian iris, They do well in borders or in their own groupings.. Their soil needs are flexible so you can plant them nearly anywhere in your garden. They thrive in partial shade and can even tolerate full sun, giving you lots of landscape design options.

Because of their blooming height, and the "church and spire" effect of foliage and stalk, irises work best in the bed or border where clumps are rather widely separated and placed toward the back of the planting. They can be planted as accent clumps singly, or if space permits, in drifts. Like most flower gardens, it's best never to plant irises in a single line with no backing or companion growth.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at June 3, 2011 5:27 AM
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