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Iris and nepeta

Posted by pandy 10sFL (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 19, 08 at 17:56

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?


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RE: Iris and nepeta

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.

RE: Iris and nepeta

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.

RE: Iris and nepeta

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 :-)

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