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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 create again hot thoughts of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they are a state-of-the-art plant with a probably unending capability for generating new types and styles.

In this accomplished and definitive consultant, iris specialist Kelly Norris offers an available but authoritative review of those deservedly renowned crops. Introductory chapters exhibit the best way to develop effectively, the way to use them within the backyard, easy methods to decide upon the easiest vegetation, and the way to "create" new irises. A advisor to Bearded Irises additionally presents photos of the main awesome vegetation 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 area of expertise nurseries, firms dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with awesome iris collections.

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And here’s full disclosure: I hope to cultivate nothing less than an all-out obsession in you by the time you close its cover. More than ever in the 21st century, gardeners demand that their gardens look and feel like them, with plants that express their character and sense of style. Gardens should teem with our favorite plants. Mine teems with bearded irises, and with any luck yours does (or will) too. Bearded irises are a part of our horticultural heritage, grown throughout the world for a millennium and revered for their inarguable place of honor at the colorful table that is spring.

The “poor man’s orchid,” as it was often called, crept into gardens of all shapes and sizes from continent to continent and coast to coast. Some still grow where gardens once were, making do amid tall grass and weeds — a testament to their durability. But I wonder if said durability has demoted bearded irises, in the minds of some, to a lowlier, commoner’s rank? Growing up as a bright-eyed iris lover, I got the feeling that some iris lovers hated the idea of mixing it up, planting their beloved treasures in the company of non-irises.

Colors in standards, falls, and beards morphed, evolved, blended — and were lost. On that note, it’s probably best to simply run through the main colors of the rainbow, adding in tones, shades, and hues along the way. Put on your sunglasses, color is about to hit the page. ‘Smooth’ (Craig 2004) ‘Play With Fire’ (Schreiner 1987) Red So-called spectrum red is the most elusive and sought-after color in the bearded iris firmament. To breeders caught up in a colorful crusade for floral epithets of fire engines and candied apples, red isn’t just red — it’s the pursuit of 43A on the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Colour Chart.

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