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By Kelly Norris

ISBN-10: 1604692081

ISBN-13: 9781604692082

The range of bearded irises opponents that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they create again hot thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they are a state of the art plant with a doubtless never-ending capability for generating new varieties and styles.

In this finished and definitive consultant, iris specialist Kelly Norris offers an available but authoritative evaluate of those deservedly well known crops. Introductory chapters exhibit tips to develop effectively, easy methods to use them within the backyard, easy methods to decide upon the easiest vegetation, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally offers pictures of the main notable crops in all of the six famous different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists area of expertise nurseries, agencies dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with striking iris collections.

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Fortunately for all gardens, whether patio-scaled or measured in acres, bearded irises come in a wide variety of sizes from the tiniest miniature dwarfs that bloom at only a few inches in height to the skyscrapers of the tall bearded class at a rarefied 60 inches tall (see “Horticultural Classification of Bearded Irises,” at the back of the book, for the complete rundown). If you have a smaller garden, you may not have room for dozens and dozens, but surely a nook alongside a pathway or beyond the backdoor begs for just a little iris or two.

Irisarians rigidly believed at the time that pink was an impossible color in the bearded iris realm. The major progenitor of pinks was the Illinois-based breeder David Hall, father of the “flamingo pink” irises popularly introduced in the late 1940s and early 1950s. His first eight introductions were the results of 17 years of effort and over 12,000 seedlings, a daunting dose of realism even for a plant breeder. He ultimately earned a Dykes Medal for ‘Cherie’ (1948) in 1951. His pink irises, distributed by Cooley’s Gardens, earned international acclaim and fame.

And some of them are awful. They grow horribly, succumb easily to disease, and look bad when not in flower. I wish I could out them from the catalogs and nurseries on your behalf. Second, consider how you’re growing your irises. True, they are tough plants. But just because they can thrive under a range of circumstances doesn’t mean we should always pit them against the worst or offer them neglect. Use bearded irises to punch up your gardens with color and springtime life. They’re bold plants with rich histories and unprecedented colors.

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