Irises For Water Gardens


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Irises are the perfect water garden plants for the novice pond owner, and thrive to the point of over abundance in almost any water garden!  Here is a list of some of my favorite Irises for water gardens, all of these are great places to begin when filling a pond.

Irises For Water Gardens:

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Claret Cup Iris: Plant this is full sun or partial shade.  This Iris comes in purple tones with white and yellow throats, and blooms in early spring.  It grows to 18-24 inches tall, and needs to be planted at a depth of 0-2 inches of soil and water.

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Iris ensata, ‘Eden’s Picasso a Rabbit Ears Iris: Plant this in full sun to partial shade. Purple and white splotched flowers emerge in early to mid summer, and have slight yellow centers.  This Iris grows to 30-32 inches in height, and must be planted at a depth of 0-2 inches in soil and water.

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Dixie Deb Iris: Plant Dixie in full sun only, and expect thinly splayed yellow blossoms to emerge in mid to late spring.  This Iris grows 2 feet tall, and must be planted at a depth of 0-2 inches.

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King Creole Iris: Plant this in full sun or partial shade.  This plan will grow to a height of 24-36 inches tall, and sport deep blue and violet petals with glowing yellow and white centers.  It also must be planted in the marginal area of a pond or container and prefers to be covered by 0-2 inches of soil and water.

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Iris louisiana, Professor Claude: Plant this in full sun or partial shade. Pinky-violet flowers appear in mid-spring, and grow to a height of 24-36 inches tall.  Plant this Iris a little deeper than the average water Iris, at 6 inches in depth.

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Iris pseudacorus, Yellow Water Iris: This iris has a very different appeal than many of it’s relatives due to it’s prominent stamen. Plant this iris only in areas of full sun, and expect it to max out around a height of 2-3 feet tall! Set the root at a depth of 0-2 inches below soil or water, and expect the solid yellow flowers to emerge in early spring.

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Iris versicolor, Blue Water Iris: Plant this Blue Water Iris in full sun, at a depth of 0-4 inches, and expect the complex blossoms of purple, blue, and violet to emerge in early spring.  This Iris will grow to be 24 inches tall.


Any of these Irises will work well in a water garden container or pond.  Make sure to remove irises once per year to trim them back, and divide them as necessary.  Irises can be so hardy that they easily burst through softer plastic containers, and attach themselves to rocks, pump lines, and decorations, so it’s important to curb them from causing any future nuisances.

If you’re looking for more water garden and pond ideas, check out the 6 water garden plants you can find anywhere, or read up on Cardinal Flowers, and their uses as a pond filler and wildlife nectar source.

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