Irises For Water Gardens

IMG 2624 Irises For Water Gardens

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.

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Should I Mulch Around My Irises?

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Do not mulch around your Irises no matter what you do with your other garden plants.

Irises are great low maintenance plants, and many times you can literally set them and forget them with little to no work involved. The one thing Irises do not like is to have their rhizomes covered. The large rhizomes the plant springs from should remain exposed, looking like little flat potatoes (or ginger root) on top of the soil. Mulching plants like Irises, who like to have their rhizomes exposed can not only reduce the plants reproductive capabilities, eliminating any new plants from forming, but it can also smother the plant itself.

Mailbox Garden Idea #3: A Simple Iris Bed for Color and Height

img 0147 300x225 Mailbox Garden Idea #3: A Simple Iris Bed for Color and Height

You don’t have to spend a fortune, or branch into plants-unknown if you want to have reliable blooms, and healthy foliage around your mailbox.  For the gardener who wants to keep things simple, a large bed of Irises around the mailbox provides March through May color, and lasting green foliage!

Fall is the best time to plant Irises if you want to guarantee spring blooming, so get your trowel ready!  As a very hardy perennial, they can be transplanted almost year-round and survive, but they prefer cooler temperatures, which help them adapt to new environments quickly.

Irises are one of the easiest plants to grow, and can be great fillers for a low-lying mailbox area that may catch a lot of street water. Irises love having their “feet” wet, but they can be equally successful in raised garden beds, and will produce large amounts of blooms with moderate amounts of watering.  A spot prime for Irises ideally will be an area that has a little shade, and soil that has some organic material in it, with a little sand mixed in (play sand from Home Depot can be substituted).

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