Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Miniature Dwarf Bearded Irises

They are perfect for the border edge..........coming in just as many colors as tall bearded varieties and only a height of 2" to 8". I have a number of different colors through out Beech Street Gardens. Drought tolerant when established, this is not surprising since some of their ancestors were originally collected on the rocky cliffs of eastern Europe and western Russia. Cold winters are another environmen- tal need for dwarf irises; in fact, the colder the winter, the greater the numbers of flowers for most of these plants.

These irises will grow in more shade than the bearded irises that bloom later in the season. Perhaps that is because they bloom before tree leaves emerge.The ones pictured are Cocoa Pink at the top, Baby Blu in the middle and Kiwi Slice at the bottom.
USDA hardiness zone 3 to zone 8

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