Irises forum: New to IRIS

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 5, 2011 7:28 AM CST
I am just getting into iris and want to know what later blooming plants can be paired with them?

My plants are scattered or in small bunches compared to some of the "beds " I have seen here.
Mine are planted to bloom with nepeta and salvias in spring.
I have some spots for an Iris -Phlox combination but wonder if the phlox are too shading for iris and I will end up with rotted rizomes.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 5, 2011 8:01 AM CST
I always plant things to close. Its OK the first year but then things quickly become to crowded. I need to show some restraint that I haven;t found yet. I like a few phlox, rudbeckia, and echinaces for summer color. The second two naturalize in my garden.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Aug 5, 2011 8:39 AM CST
I do love thos photos.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 5, 2011 12:28 PM CST
I have seen heuchera work with irises. Their folage is so low that it doesn't bother them.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 5, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Excellent idea thanks. I have some planted with an euphorbia and a hardy geranium
Name: Jan
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philljm
Sep 4, 2011 7:27 AM CST
I tried day lilies with my iris, it was a great idea, but in reality the differing water needs caused problems. I just finished transplanting my iris all into one bed along the west side of the house, where they can bloom and multiply to their hearts content all by themselves.

Do others have problems with the differing water needs when coplanting with iris?
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 4, 2011 7:31 AM CST
I am new too. I did realize iris dont need much watering but DL's also are hardy souls and can survive anywhere.
I have them planted together .It will be a first year for newly planted iris purchases. I'll let uou know when a couple of seasons pass.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 4, 2011 8:35 AM CST
California poppies?
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 4, 2011 8:52 AM CST
no, somnifariums,bread seeds
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 4, 2011 12:42 PM CST
But the CA poppies work for companion plants. I think we are discussing different uwses.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 4, 2011 3:33 PM CST
I keep my TB iris seperate from my daylilies also. I actually have a nice TB iris bed with daylilies around it but the iris bed is seperate, only iris. I have those edger pavers you can buy at home depot laid out to define the iris bed and that really works best for me.

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