New to Iris Gardening, Need Advice
I just decided to plant a bed of irises in my yard and need some tips on choosing varieties.
I live in 5a (Milwaukee). I know most of the bearded varieties do well here and should be planted in the near future.
I'm not clear about the Dutch, dwarf and reticulata varieties. I know they can be grown in zone 5, but have read on the forums here that they can be finicky.
Would it be worth my while (and money) to try with any of these? Or are the bearded irises a safer bet? Are there any specific cultivars of these that are particularly robust?
Do they follow the same planting schedule as the bearded rhizomes? I noticed most online sellers don't ship until September, which may be late for my zone.
Thanks in advance for your help!