Irises forum: best companion plants for your irises

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Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
Jan 20, 2019 11:28 AM CST
what are your favorites?
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jan 20, 2019 12:06 PM CST
I first started collecting iris as companion plants for my peonies, some bloom at the same time and they really complement each other. I've started interplanting alliums with some prolific white NOID irises. The early blooming alliums add a pop of color in the bed of white and the later ones add color to the foliage remaining...Rocky Mountain penstemon blooms with the irises here and adds a nice pop of dark blueish purple as well.
LizB
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 20, 2019 12:19 PM CST
Here's some past threads where this has been discussed before.
The thread "Companion planting" in Irises forum
The thread "Companions with Iris" in Irises forum

Susanne Spicker (World of Irises) has some great blogs on companion/color combo plantings.
https://theamericanirissociety...
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Jan 20, 2019 3:45 PM CST
Thanks for the links, Rob. Most of my irises are planted outside the fenced garden, so my requirements for companion planting are 1. low water needs and 2. deer resistance &. 3. bird and bee-friendliness.
As many have mentioned, Alliums work nicely with irises. I've added more this year. I love salvia, and so do the hummingbirds. It's not quite a perennial here, but I don't mind re-planting it every year. Salvia Amistad was gorgeous in recent years. I also plant echinacea and Bee Balm and some low-growing ground covers whose names I forget and a salmon-colored poppy that I probably should move because it gets lost among the taller irises. I'm also adding border beardeds for front row interest.
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 20, 2019 3:52 PM CST
Jan ~ That sounds like a lovely garden. Do you have any landscape photos of it?

I am jealous Green Grin! that your deer don't eat your irises. I guess there are more deer here, and they are hungrier. I used to grow irises outside the fenced garden area, but they got nibbled every year. They didn't kill Beverly (Sills), but she always looked ragged. Others, too.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Jan 20, 2019 4:02 PM CST
Evelyn, I think my 3 dogs help to keep the deer at bay. We know they're everywhere, however. 2 years ago I planted daylilies at the back of the irises, outside the fence and the deer carefully nibbled off all the new lily buds - but didn't bother the irises at all. Which may make my dog claim inaccurate!
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 20, 2019 4:21 PM CST
I think that daylilies are tastier than irises.... nodding Sighing!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)

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