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Re: TB: CULT: Shade vs. Sun Quandary

The irises here in this part of dry, hot Texas could use shade - probably
full shade - from July through August.  Those that get considerable
shade stay healthier and grow better.  Unfortunately, those that do
better under these conditions during the summer do not bloom as
freely as those in more sun and stalks tend to fall over more readily.
But the survival rate is definitely higher.  I have more loss and weak
plants on those that receive the full blast of the summer sun than 
those with shade.  A common planting of irises in these parts are
a circular bed around the base of shade tree trunks.  Usually older
varieties, but often with good bloom. 

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7, USA

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