Irises forum: Landscaping with Iris

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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
May 12, 2017 2:47 PM CST
I have several largish areas that I am in the process of renovating. I will be including iris in these areas. I do not want to monocrop because bearded iris foliage is a bit unsightly to my eyes after the bloom season is over. I also try to have at least three seasons represented in my beds. Landscaping ideas, pictures of your solutions anyone?
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 12, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Peonies and roses look good and grow well with iris. Here in California the roses will last into
summer. I don't know about Tennessee.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 14, 2017 8:43 AM CST
I think you should ask Neal and Sue as they have extensive gardens that are not all iris.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 14, 2017 10:55 AM CST
There is an iris companion plants thread on here somewhere - if you look closely you might find more than one.

Other than roses and peonies, I grow lots of spring blooming bulbs, alliums, pincushion flowers, sun-loving heucheras, columbines, mountain phlox (Phlox subulata), small Japanese maples, sempervivum, blue fescue and much, much more. Small blue conifers also go particularly well with the fans on the irises. As long as you do not shade out the irises, the list is almost endless.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 14, 2017 6:28 PM CST
There are some nice examples of companion planting in the "What type of property do you have to plant Iris" and "Landscape Pics" threads. There are probably more threads like these if you look further back too.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 14, 2017 6:44 PM CST
I've previously posted these images, but maybe they will be useful? I have Daylilies, Greek Oregano, Coreopsis, Lemon Thyme, Trailing Lavender Lantana, Asclepias tuberosa, Roses, Sedum, Peonies, Orange Balsam Thyme, Dianthus, Clematis, Baptisia, Echinaceas, Golden Oregano, dwarf Cannas, Salvia greggi...and some more stuff I can't remember mixed in and around the Iris. Hilarious! The only thing I avoid is putting in water hogs--at all, really--but none near the Iris.

My front yard in March of 2016.
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Looking from the house to the street in April of this year.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
May 15, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Closer look at a section, photograph taken this morning. Polvere Di Stelle was a big clump, but I stripped it down a couple of weeks back for my local community garden plant sale.

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 15, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Beautiful garden and I love the way you have it mapped, Debra.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 15, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Thank you, Barbara. Smiling
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 15, 2017 4:31 PM CST
do you have a program debra, where you can write on top of an existing photo?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 15, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Daphne, I use Picasa to edit all my photographs and use the Text feature available within that software if I want to write on the image.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 15, 2017 8:24 PM CST
thank you debra, have a mac, and i'll have to see if i can manipulate a program to do the same. i think it's a great way to map out the garden. Smiling
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 15, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Here in California, and suffering from a drought the past several years, I've avoided water-loving plants, and tried to find things that bloom along with the Iris.. Bloom times vary in different area.. I've found Lupin blooms in June here, whereas it blooms with the Iris at Schreiner's in Oregon.

I use Nepeta, foxglove, Columbine, roses of course, Spanish Lavender, succulents, Heuchera,Dianthus,Achillea, Blue Fescue, Alstroemeria, Cerinthe, Sisyrinchium.. I have a plicata that looks fabulous with a dwarf pine.. An iris with brownish standards looks great with a dwarf red berberis.. The foliage of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a good contrast.

Tom also has some beautiful pictures of his garden using a lot of different flowers and colored foliage..

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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 16, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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