What do you grow with Iris?

jenn(SoCal 9/19)August 22, 2012

I planted some tall bearded Iris in raised boxes in the spring as a temporary holding place until I plant them in the garden this fall. We have amended clay soil and a variety of beds (sunny, morning sun, afternoon sun).

What plants do you mix with your bearded Iris?

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In my previous home I had a large front corner area. It had trees and some barberry in it. In the front of the rock bed I planted spring bulbs and behind those iris. Out to the sides my husband added grasses, so we had a good seasonal flow.
Can't seem to post both pix at once, so I'll post the other in a moment.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 12:40AM
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another view of the group

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 12:47AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Heh heh. You asked for it, Jenn!
Roses, bulb lilies, pelargoniums, agaves, ranuculus, Diamond Dust Euphorbia, lamb's ear, aloes, echeverias, oxalis, sea holly, columbines, agapanthus, dianthus, brugmansia, nasturtiums, paludosum daisies, catmint, geraniums, alstroemeria, cosmos, red flax, larkspur, elegant clarkia, poppies, amaranth, Japanese blood grass, acorus, bunny tails, and shrubs- all kinds of shrubs- including Little John Callistemon, coleonema, dwarf common myrtle, arborvitae, bridal wreath spirea, dwarf euonymus, oh- and golden sage, thyme, golden oregano, and rosemary. My mom plants limonium, sea thrift, purple oxalis, feverfew, watsonia, and dahlias as well.

I also grow coneflowers, daylilies, clematis, cannas, callas, and foxgloves with mine, but these plants require an extra drink of water with the hose twice a week and will be the first to go in the next drought.


    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 1:15AM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

I have both evergreen and deciduous bearded iris. They grow almost anywhere but really won't flower well without good sun exposure. One patch of deciduous iris comes up every year through a mat of evergreen iberis.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 1:28AM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thank you! Quiltnhen: What beautiful, vivid colors! And I love the stone wall. Renee: Haha, I knew you'd have a few suggestions. :-)

The reason I ask: I've read they should be grown in a sunny area with plants that don't require a lot of water. So, it seems that our clay soil + thirsty plants would be the death of Iris.

How do you divide your Iris without disturbing the roots of nearby plants?

And, in clay soil, should I build a mound on top of the soil and plant in that?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 12:15PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I put them on a bit of a mound. I haven't had trouble disturbing the roots of other plants when I divide. Iris roots are shallow. I water twice a week, and they do okay.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 1:02AM
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