Thumb of 2016-08-01/HemNorth/6d2c6f@HemNorth submitted this image in the Specific Plants: Irises category of the The 2016 National Gardening Association Photo Contest.

HemNorth added a caption:Splendidly Awesome!

This image is in the plant database under Japanese Iris (Iris ensata 'Gusto')

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Dec 4, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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Love the color of this iris , great photo Thumbs up
I looked it up and it seems to be an old one, have you had it long? and does it do well for you?
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Dec 4, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I think I voted for this one. Wish they would grow here.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Dec 5, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Hello @gardengus and @Paul2032, Thanks for your kind comments.
I purchased this gorgeous Japanese Iris six years ago, and have been thrilled with its spectacular blossoms. It would probably prefer more moisture, but has done well in a slightly sheltered spot in the garden. We do get horrendous winds and lots of sun in the summer, but, all in all, it seems to handle it okay.

I notice you are both in the 5b Zone as well, so give it a try. I took a quick peek at your long list of Landscape Photos, Paul, and was amazed! You have a Grand Photo exhibit right there! Such lush and lovely, colourful compositions. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
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Dec 6, 2016 5:54 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Nora....thanks for the kind comments. I have tried Japanese Iris in my garden with no success as have others. Our soil is alkaline and so is our water. I tried to deal with this but it didn't work.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Dec 6, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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Sorry to hear that - but you do have so many very beautiful plants.
We live in an area that has a Pulp Mill, and they have modified it now, but for decades, there must have been fall out that has probably affected the acidity of our soil.
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