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Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 5:55 AM CST
Now that I have my iris rhizomes for the year - I need to begin to map out where they will all go, so I'm trying to figure out what colors would look nicely next to what. I have some Red iris that I am thinking would look nicely next to Purple Iris, or Purple Iris next to Yellow iris. Any ideas ?
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 17, 2015 5:59 AM CST
unless you want purple & red together I would put the yellow between the 2 so the darker colors would stand out. We don't do color schemes, just put the irises where we have space. Seedlings are in different beds.
Name: Jen Jax
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Boxergirl
Aug 17, 2015 6:12 AM CST
I see a lot of pinks and blues together, whites and purples ( light and dark)together or creamy pale yellows, Then orange, red and bright yellows together. But it's all a preference of your own personal preferred colors. But I have also seen beds that are color specific only. ( red only, pink only ect)
Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 6:18 AM CST
irisarian said:unless you want purple & red together I would put the yellow between the 2 so the darker colors would stand out. We don't do color schemes, just put the irises where we have space. Seedlings are in different beds.


"Color schemes" are very important in a garden. And with Iris, you can create a masterpiece if you plant the right colors next to one another. I don't plan on just putting the irises where I have space. I have a clear method to how these rhizomes are going to be placed, afterall, they are hopefully going to be there for many years.
Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Aug 17, 2015 6:40 AM CST
I pretty much do the same as Lucy.....I just put them where they 'fit" !! I don't like to put the same colors next to each other(i.e. don't plant two white iris next to one another), and like to interspace 'lights" and "darks". I'm usually more concerned on getting the taller iris to the "back" of the bed (the center, in my case), and work progressively shorter as I move to the front.
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Aug 17, 2015 6:55 AM CST
I have certain combinations that I like, and others that I actively dislike and try to avoid. One can plan color location when one is starting a new Iris bed -- but as time goes by, and you lose some or enlarge a bed -- it mostly does come down to an available space with eye toward avoiding unpleasant combinations, or duplications of color like Arlyn said. They're all beautiful, after all, and I tend to see them individually regardless of where they're planted.
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Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 7:06 AM CST
I happened to see a garden Pic on pinterest.com where Purple Iris were planted next to Yellow Iris and I thought the combination was gorgeous! I also might plant some of my Red Iris next to my Purple Iris. I like that combination also. But I do agree, they are all lovely no matter where they are planted .
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 17, 2015 7:16 AM CST
Purple next to yellow or pink or red looks good to me. I once had an orange and a purple and a yellow self together, and that looked nice.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 17, 2015 7:43 AM CST
I don't spend a lot of time planning ahead. Sometimes things just work out. Here are a couple of examples of combos that pleased. I'll look for more when I have more time. Can any one else add some pictures? Could be a great thread..........
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Thumb of 2015-08-17/Paul2032/fb0cfcRomantic Lyric and Sea Power........


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Thumb of 2015-08-17/Paul2032/a284aaDragon King and Dancing Star

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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Aug 17, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Love the combo of Romantic Lyric and Sea Power. It doesn't hurt that I love both of those Irises!!! Lovey dubby

Here's an accidental combination that I really enjoyed:

Enormous clump of Savannah Sunset backed by Swazi Princess with a couple of Blue Shimmer leaning into the shot....

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 17, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Mary Ann.......Orange and near black is a wonderful combo.......
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Name: Jen Jax
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Boxergirl
Aug 17, 2015 8:02 AM CST
Also if you look at a color chart the colors that are across from each other are contrasting colors. They usually make the best combinations because the colors fight for your eyes attention.
Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 8:16 AM CST
I'm attracted to RED Iris, so I have a lot of those that will be planted in my garden next month. Red/Purple combos are great, Red/Yellow combos also work.

caitlinsgarden
Aug 17, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Muddymitts said:Love the combo of Romantic Lyric and Sea Power. It doesn't hurt that I love both of those Irises!!! Lovey dubby

Here's an accidental combination that I really enjoyed:

Enormous clump of Savannah Sunset backed by Swazi Princess with a couple of Blue Shimmer leaning into the shot....



Accidental combinations are often better than planned ones! I love your photo; maybe increase the percentage of blue shimmer and swazi princess...

caitlinsgarden
Aug 17, 2015 8:46 AM CST
I usually plant new iris wherever there is new dirt and after they bloom I can plan good combinations with other perennials and move them around...more often in my imagination than in reality! They have to bloom together so it is best to observe them in your garden rather than making plans from a catalog.
Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 8:47 AM CST
In my garden, it will be Planned combinations. I just have to go over my list and make the necessary connections.
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Aug 17, 2015 9:00 AM CST
That would be really worthwhile, Caitlin -- however, Swazi Princess died Crying and Blue Shimmer has been moved to another bed. Savannah Sunset has a new next-door neighbor -- Big Boss -- with nothing behind it. I think you weren't on the list yet when I had my big problems with Iris Lane. Unusual winter (freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw) ejected my newly planted rhizomes that year (thinning, etc.) and many died. That winter was followed by a monsoon spring which created serious erosion within the bed. The loss of Iris roots to hold the soil in place, plus the grade on that bed, allowed lots of the soil to migrate to the lower end -- burying many rhizomes that had not been uprooted by the freeze/thaw issue. Outcome -- more Irises died. Simply stated -- it was a mess. Repairs have been slow due to my back causing me problems that have not yet been resolved. So -- my sad Iris Lane saga continues. Sad

It's worth the work, though, to get it all restored. Here's a few pics from the spring before the problems ensued.

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It really was a sight! I'm anxious to restore it to its former beauty.

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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Aug 17, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Paul2032 said:Mary Ann.......Orange and near black is a wonderful combo.......


Thank you, Paul. I really loved it. And it was just as pretty on the reverse side -- but I never took a picture of that.............. Sad
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Aug 17, 2015 9:10 AM CST
I seem to remember someone had Thornbird and Praetorian Guard next to each other. Does anyone remember that or is it just me? Contrasting colors please the eye as well as repetitive design. IMHO, a riot of color is just as pretty as a planned, well laid out garden. Pastels and bright patterns, selfs and amoenas with bitones and bicolors repeated in a pattern is always splendid. Mine just go where I can see them best from the house.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 17, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Some wonderful Pictures Paul and Mary Ann! Smiling Lovey dubby I'm trying to put some nice combinations together with the bed I'm re-doing. Maybe in a couple years it will look good.
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