Iris and nepeta

pandy(10sFL)September 19, 2008

I see that a number of you grow nepeta with your irises. Can TB irises handle the shading over the rhyzomes that nepeta would give them?

Mari

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Any plant that 'engulfs' the bearded iris will not be beneficial. So it depends upon how close and how big the Nepeta are. Make sure a lone rhizome doesn't get overtaken.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 7:12PM
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pandy(10sFL)

Thanks..that is what I thought..I was wondering how close people grow their nepeta to the iris or do they just keep cutting it back.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 11:03AM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Your growing season is 12 months?!

Depending upon the Nepeta, 'cause there are dwarf_er cultivars around, I would guess 1.5 feet away for most. That allows a 3-foot width for the Nepeta. Is your bed large enough for that?

Unless the Nepeta is directly south of the iris (providing a 'northern exposure') the shade won't be an issue in sunny Florida :-)

    Bookmark   September 27, 2008 at 7:06PM
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