The Allure of the Bearded Iris
The bearded iris is a beloved favorite of flower enthusiasts, gardeners and landscapers alike, with its delicate petals and bold colors, these truly regal blooms are a sight to behold. Not only is their beauty captivating, their vibrant colors and robust growth ensure an eye-catching addition to any landscape. With their magnificent architectural forms and sculptural foliage, the iris family is truly a delight for the eyes.
History and Meaning of The Bearded Iris
Irises are one of the oldest flowers known to humankind, with references to them as far back as Ancient Egypt. The Iris flower was named after the Greek goddess Iris, who was always depicted with rainbow wings. She was also the personification of humankind’s prayers and delivered messages from the gods to mortals. So, Irises have always been a symbol of faith, hope and old-world wisdom. Even today, Irises are associated with true faith, respect and admiration, friendship and the courage to be true to oneself.
Varieties and Colors of Bearded Irises
Bearded Irises are among the most popular members of the iris family. They are actually a hybridized version of the species Iris Germanica. The most popular and common variety of Bearded Iris is the tall bearded iris, of which there are many different colors and varieties. The tall bearded iris has three upward facing petals in the center, each with a bright beard of bristly petals, and it blooms in a vast array of colors ranging from silvery blues and purples to soft yellows and peaches
Growing, Care and Design Tips for Bearded Irises
If you plan to grow Bearded Irises in your garden, there are a few tips you should know about. First, you should choose a sunny, well-drained location for them. Irises grow best in such an environment. Next, make sure to plant them in bunches of three, and make sure there is plenty of space between each Iris, so that they can get plenty of air circulation and sunshine.
When it comes to caring for Bearded Irises, the most important thing to remember is to keep their soil evenly moist. Do not over water them, or let the soil dry out completely. Beyond that, fertilize them every two or three weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Pruning them will help to a certain extent but it isn’t necessary.
Finally, when it comes to design, Bearded Irises are incredibly versatile. They are perfect for walkways, flower beds, and any spot in the garden that needs a bit of color and texture. They look stunning when placed next to small shrubs and trees, and they look just as stunning when paired with other blooming plants. Additionally, they look beautiful when used as cut flowers, so they’re a delight both indoors and out.
Bearded Irises are simply an exquisite addition to any garden or landscape. Their bright colors and bold strokes of beauty make them perfect for adding color, texture and structure to any garden setting. With a bit of care, we can extend their blooming season even further and enjoy their beauty for many years to come.
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