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Re: Iris Compatible Plants

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Iris Compatible Plants
  • From: "william b. cook" <billc@atlantic.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 14:45:16 -0700 (MST)

> We are in the process of getting our garden ready for the 1999 Daylily
> Convention and the 2000 Region IV convention and would like to put in
> compatable plants in some of the beds, either annual or perennuals.
> have a suggestion?
> Bill Mull
> Norfolk, VA

     Two Iris compatible annuals are Vinca and Penta.  Vinca is very heat
and drought tolerant, blooms heavily, and sheds the dead bloom.  Thus, it
does not need dead heading.  Since it does bush thickly, it must be
properly spaced so it does not smother the Irises.
     Penta is good for planting between the Irises in the interior of the
plant bed.  The taller types get up to three feet tall, are sturdy, and
bloom like crazy.  They take heat well, and are very common here, where in
sheltered spots, they are perennial.  They also attract Hummingbirds and
Butterflies.  Dead heading is not necessary, but removing the dead flower
heads will result in a bushier, more vigorous, heavier blooming plant. 
Since they grow erect, they will not smother the Irises.
Mark A. Cook
Dunnellon, FL.

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