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Re: SIB - True landscape Iris

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: SIB - True landscape Iris
  • From: Curt Marble <cmarble@tiac.net>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 09:21:10 -0700 (MST)

At 08:49 AM 12/20/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Siberian iris are the only iris that can be recommended to a landscaper for
>use in landscaping a perennial planting.  The bearded iris, in the Midwest,
>with their fungal leafspot and dying dormant leaves in midsummer are either
>ugly in the landscape or high maintenance.  The Siberian iris are the easiest
>to grow, maintain healthy foliage all summer, can be mulched for weed control
>maintenance, and can tolerate close neighbors in a perennial border.  Yes,
>there are some Siberians that are not good candidates for the landscaper --
>most pinks are susceptible to botrytis and can lose many of their leaves if
>hit with a late frost,  and some, like typhifolia, fall over in late summer
>and sprawl unpleasantly upon their neighbors!

I couldn't agree more, John.  I just didn't want to "dis" the TB's.  And
when you have SIBs like Reprise and Roaring Jelly that give 4-8 weeks of
bloom..."Who could ask for anything more?"

Kathy Marble <cmarble@tiac.net>
Harvard, MA
zone 5

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