Iris in Central Texas!
Did you know the Bearded Iris is an excellent Xeriscape plant for the Central Texas landscape? Well, it is and happens to be one of my absolute favorite plants for so many beautiful reasons. Iris are stunning plants named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows and rightfully so, they come in a beautiful array of colors and are highly coveted by gardeners everywhere as a lovely addition to the landscape.
The two most common low water Iris are bearded and dutch and both do well in central Texas. Louisiana Iris do well if you have a boggy or wet spot but for low water, but bearded and dutch iris is the most bang for your buck in my opinion. They come in a rainbow of colors and are as fragrant as they are lovely. Iris prefer sun, well drained soil and like any other plant, lots of great compost in the spring.
Dutch Iris are bulbs, not rhizomes and will not need to be divided the same way. In fact it is not necessary to divide until they take up too much space then you can simply dig up a section at a time and spread throughout your space or share them with friends.
Dutch Iris are not available in as many colors as the bearded but it is also super drought tolerant and the blooms last longer into the spring season than Bearded Iris last. Much like the bearded, they make excellent cutting flowers.
Iris have lovely blue/green foliage all year-long and you do not need to cut back the leaves after their bloom season but you can cut back spent bloom stems and dried leaves after the blooming season.
Iris require very little maintenance to speak of during the year but for a little removing of dried leaves and stems after the bloom season and a need for being separated every three or so years.
The first step to dividing bearded Iris is to remove them from the ground with as much root as possible.
Bearded Iris are super easy to plant and unlike a bulb do not want to be planting very deeply. Bearded Iris in particular (a rhizome) prefer to buried in a shallow hole where the rhizome can dry thoroughly between watering.
Iris are excellent in perennial beds and make a great filler for spaces between color cycles in the spring.
Divide your bearded iris after the bloom season every three years as needed, do not over water or use chemical fertilizers and you will have beautiful color year after wonderful year. I love to give iris as gifts because it is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and every year when the new flowers bloom, the recipient is reminded of you 😉
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