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Re: CULT:Bloom Report & Question

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT:Bloom Report & Question
  • From: "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net>
  • Date: Fri, 10 May 2002 21:27:04 -0700

Hi Kelly,
I like dwarf balloon flowers with daffodils planted behind them in the front of a border. Iris in the middle, or daylilies with tall lillium, tall phlox, and painted daisies in the back. This has been a very successful planting for me. Along the side kind of behind but toward an entrance is a huge clump of bright fucshia boltonia that blooms in the fall and takes the eye away from dying folliage. I cage it around the sides and the top so it can support its flowers and later snow after I fertilize and water it so it gets like a huge shrub in size. In front of it are SDB's and BB's along with some miniature dwarf roses. Here they do not get more than a foot tall making the SDB folliage look taller.

One time I dropped some marigold seeds behind clumps of iris and the iris leaves supported the flowers between the cracks in the leaves with folliage showing out the top. It was very pretty.

In a shadier area, I have pyrethrum daisies with Edith Wolford. They bloom together and are really spectacular together. I am sure that many iris bloom about the same time. Clean yellows and blues look great with the rose and pale pink colors of the daisies.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kelly D. Norris 
  To: Iris-talk 
  Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 5:05 AM
  Subject: [iris-talk] CULT:Bloom Report & Question

  After the wind blew the stalk off my ROSY CHEEKS 2 weeks ago the plant put up 3 more stalks and I have been graced with tan buffed standards and burgundy rose falls.

  BLUE RHYTHM has 2 stalks.  Not my favorite of historic iris but a nice blue against the white siding of my house.

  Several stalks and SILVERADO and DUSKY CHALLENGER!

  Now my question:  Does anybody have any good recommendations on good plant combinations for iris?  I am interested to see what other people have tried in there gardens.


  Mr. Kelly D. Norris
  Master Gardener/Freelance Writer
  Bedford, Iowa
  Zone 4b/5a

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