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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jul 29, 2016 10:25 PM CST
we. moved from a zone 9 to a zone 10. many of my favorite plants japanese maples, tree peonies, and japanese irises do not florish here in this heat, salt, and sandy area.

another of my favorites is the tall bearded iris and is listed as maximum 9 zone plant. i have ordered 11 irises (new varieties to me). do you think they will survive or will it be a constant struggle to keep them alive? are there tb that do better in the heat than others?

i did not want to try aril or arilbreds, as i have had little luck with them in the past.

i ordered: june krause, naughty nights, ocelot, damsel ina dress, afterlife, starring, mezmerizer, pinkness, stellar lights, his royal highness, and concertina; and now i'm wondering , iris aficionados if i made a big mistake? i haven't seen many tb's for sale in the nurseris around here.

also, during the months of july/aug. we have several weeks of monsoon moisture....hardly any rain with the humidity. we live about 2 mi. from the pacific ocean. the photo below is of 'afterlife'

Utah (Zone 7a)
Jul 29, 2016 11:03 PM CST
If I were you And you love them so much that you want to keep them... I would try potting them and just move the pots indoors during monsoon. Or when temps were too high. Then put them back out in the sun enough to let them bloom. A temperature controlled growing room is nice too.

Though I've never tried it perhaps you could grown them indoors with a growing lamp?

As humans we learned to control our environment long ago. I'm sure you can find a way to do it.😊
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Jul 29, 2016 11:14 PM CST
We get a lot of the same coastal humidity here during the dry season (very similar climate to yours), but temperatures stay quite mild near the ocean.

Why not try a drought-tolerant succulent native from the region? These three water wise plants should be a good fit for sandy soil near the coast. Other Dudleyas would work too.

Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jul 30, 2016 1:08 AM CST
Thank You! : baja, i have several 100 succulents, but i am not as enamored of them as i am the irises. so i am willing to give it a go with a few. but wished to find out from others if they were sucessful in zone 10 with them.

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