By Kelly Norris
The variety of bearded irises competitors that of the other perennial grown in temperate climates. For a few gardeners, they create again hot stories of a grandparent's backyard; for others, they seem to be a state-of-the-art plant with a probably unending means for generating new kinds and styles.
In this complete and definitive advisor, iris professional Kelly Norris presents an available but authoritative assessment of those deservedly renowned crops. Introductory chapters express how you can develop effectively, how you can use them within the backyard, how one can decide upon the easiest crops, and the way to "create" new irises. A consultant to Bearded Irises additionally presents snap shots of the main remarkable crops in all of the six famous different types, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A source part lists strong point nurseries, corporations dedicated to bearded irises, and public gardens with outstanding iris collections.
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Extra info for A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
Sure, everyone has some bronzecolored mums in September, but who has cinnamon and chocolate and copper in May other than an iris lover? Most brown irises trace back to antecedents like Iris variegata and a Havana-brown tall bearded from France called ‘Jean Cayeux’ (Cayeux 1931). But it was an Oregon doctor, Rudolph Kleinsorge, who really transformed the iris world, with irises like ‘Aztec Copper’ (1939), ‘Daybreak’ (1941), and ‘Goldbeater’ (1944). These new color breaks took the iris world by storm.
Bitone, ‘Leading Light’ (Shoop/Keppel 1999) Bicolor, ‘Finalist’ (Gatty/Keppel 1994) Bitone An iris with standards and falls in different shades of the same color. Bitone irises add drama, while offering an olive branch to those otherwise turned off by color-busy bicolors. The subtle variation of shade and hue can add just a little more visual interest than selfs. They’re great for monochromatic gardens, harmonizing the extremes of spectrum into one pleasing yet subdued combination. Typically the falls are the darker of the two.
Norris Contents Preface Rainbow High Chapter 1 Myths About Growing Bearded Irises Chapter 2 Over the Rainbow: Bearded Irises and Your Garden Chapter 3 How to Successfully Grow Bearded Irises Chapter 4 How Bearded Irises Are Made Chapter 5 The Historical Drama of Bearded Irises Chapter 6 Miniature Dwarf Bearded Irises Chapter 7 Standard Dwarf Bearded Irises Chapter 8 Intermediate Bearded Irises Chapter 9 Miniature Tall Bearded Irises Chapter 10 Border Bearded Irises Chapter 11 Tall Bearded Irises Sources of Bearded Irises Horticultural Classification of Bearded Irises Photo Credits Index Preface Rainbow High “To make me fantastic, I have to be Rainbow High/In magical colors” “Rainbow High,” Evita (1976) I love irises — all kinds, really.
A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts by Kelly Norris