Iris - All the Colors of the Rainbow

gardening iris 'Everything Plus'

In Greek mythology, Iris was the personal messenger of Hera and Zeus, queen and king of the gods.

She is said to have traveled along the rainbow to carry messages from the gods to mortals.

According to legend, the soles of her feet picked up rainbow pieces.

And whenever she walked on earth, her footprints bore flowers in as many colors as the rainbow leaving us with the many beautiful flowers in the Iris family.

Plant Highlights

  • Colors: yellow, orange, shades of purple, pastels, white
  • Height: 1 - 3 ft; Width: 1 - 2 ft
  • Bloom Period: mid-spring / early summer
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Pests: slugs and snails and some sucking insects such as aphids and white flies
  • Soil: tolerant yet will thrive best in well drained, slightly acidic soils
  • Comments: staking may be necessary for some of the taller bearded iris; good drainage is a must

iris 'Lady In Red'

When planting these bulbs (rhizomes) you'll have spectacular blooms if these flowers are planted where they receive at least a half day of full sun.

Two cautions to keep in mind with these beauties - resist the urge to plant them too deeply and resist the urge to overwater them - and they will provide you with many years of gorgeous bloom.

Plants should be provided with good drainage. The bulbs (rhizomes) may rot if they sit in water for more than a couple of days.

Established plants rarely need watering except during prolonged dry spells or if you live in a dry, arid climate; at such times, deep, infrequent watering is best rather than frequent more shallow waterings.

beautiful iris photo

If you live in a very windy area, you may need to provide some type of garden plant support to keep these beauties standing tall and strong all season long.

Keep weeds and grass tufts out of the rhizome clumps. Remove old (dead) leaves and other debris from around the base of the plant. You want the rhizomes to be able to receive a good portion of sunlight during the day.

Also, with this in mind, remember to avoid covering the rhizomes with mulch.

Old bloom stalks should be broken off at ground level. Any healthy, green foliage should NOT be cut off.

The foliage should be left on the rhizomes to aid development of the new sprouts for the next season.

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