Iris Flowers

Flowering Iris

Iris are available for sale in many varieties, a few similarities exist between the types, however specialist growers often concentrate on one or two types.

Iris flowers are distinguished by the petals and the falls. A simple explanation is that, the "petals" are the almost upright parts of the flower, often a single color.

The "falls" or sepals are the downward drooping parts, often, but not always multi colored.

So our Iris flower, pictured right would have 'white petals' and 'mauve and white' falls.

And of course we have the "beards", however not all iris flowers have these.

As for the name 'Iris', this is the ancient Greek word for Rainbow. Iris flowers are afetr all a colorful group.

 

Garden and Landscaping Uses for Iris

With many varieties being easy to grow, iris have anumber of uses in the garden. Grown in clumps in the border, or perhaps planted amongst roses, the taller types look great.

Lower growing types can be useful towards the front of the garden border, and the types that thrive in damp conditions are axcellent for planting near ponds.

A few types also have great foliage which prolongs the season of interest. The smaller growing reticulata types canaslo be effective in pots where the delicate flowers can be best shown off.

It is easy to generalose about care, however different varieties require different conditions, so read up before you plant.

Iris Varieties

Iris are available for sale at the following nurseries

ROSS ROAD IRIS
1504 Ross Road Weiser, ID 83672
1000+ varieties of bearded iris are grown in our gardens. We pre-sell quality rhizomes in limited quantities. Check out our website!
www.rossroadiris.com

IRISWAREHOUSE, Inc.
Michigan
email - contact@iriswarehouse.com
Online, retail, wholesale iris, lilies and daylilies. Over 1100 varieties of iris and daylilies.
www.iriswarehouse.com

CLASSY GROUNDCOVERS
PO Box 2556 city: Blairsville GA 30514
Dwarf Crested Iris, flowering ground covers, grasses, vines, ivy, ...  Free Shipping of over 150 varieties.
www.classygroundcovers.com

ASIATICA - phone: 717 938-8677 fax: 717 938-0771
PO Box 270 Lewisberry PA 17339 No on- site sales
Retail mail order nursery selling new and rare hardy and tender plants from catalog.
www.asiaticanursery.com

PINE KNOT FARMS phone 434-252-0768
681 Rockchurch Road, Clarksville Virginia 23927 USA
Mail order, retail and wholesale. Open on site on Fridays and Saturdays in spring and fall.
www.pineknotfarms.com