Louisian Iris question with pics
I e-mailed this to a iris farmer in Louisiana. Wanted to get opinions from fellow gardeners.
I have a pond directly behind my home in Covington, LA. On one end is planted a solid line of yellow flag irises. I am interested in moving these from the pond and massing in a bed off the pond. I want to replace them with Louisiana iris that I will purchase from you. Here are my questions.
You mention the optimum time to plant and divide is late summer. I would need to coordinate moving the yellow flags and then replacing with newly purchased rhizomes. I would guess I have a total of 100 ft line that need to be moved. I think even with my one day a week partime help, and myself, this is a big job. I do have a backhoe but would not want to disturb the area that will be replanted, perhaps using my trusted spade. Is this reasonable to due within the optimum time window?
I have heard some Louisiana irises can dominate others. Can you successfully mix colors without having one eventually takeover. What would you suggest.
Lastly, 2 years ago I planted LA irises in an area mixed with some old garden roses. The affect is beautiful in the spring for a short time. The foliage of my white and yellow colors really is suffering this time of year. Can I cut back or do you recommend anything else to help the health of the plants.
Depending on your suggestion of the yellow flags when do I order there replacements from you.
Thanks for your help.