Intimidated by irises
Hi. I'm new to irises. I'd like to add a few to my cottage garden beds, but am not sure how to integrate them in the design. First, I'd like to go with the German Bearded variety. Second, do the leaves stay spikey and green all summer long, or do they turn brown and disappear like tulip leaves? The spikey look is structurally interesting and would be neat if they stayed like that through the summer season. Do you cut them back after blooming? If I plant one, how is the best way to space them? Plant all together or drop them in sporadically? Do they overtake space or are they a manageable accent plant? Sorry for so many questions - I'm just not that familiar with how to work with them. Thanks!