Mid to late summer is the time to plant bearded iris rhizomes into the garden. If you’re already growing them, now is also the perfect time to divide. Keep in mind that irises need to be planted at least 6 weeks before the first autumn frost so that they have time to establish strong roots before cold weather sets in.
Over the next few weeks, we will be tucking in hundreds of new rhizomes into flower beds and borders around the farm. Our spring display is going to be so beautiful!
We also have six long rows devoted to irises in the cutting garden and the spot where they are planted is absolutely magical in May and early June.
All of our irises have come from the amazing folks at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon. Their quality, selection, and customer service are unmatched.
Over the years we have trialed more than 100 different varieties from Schreiner’s and after growing and cutting them over time, I have narrowed down my list of top favorites, which we included in our Floret’s Favorite Bearded Irises Guide.
This guide includes:
- Information about this underappreciated group of plants, an at-a-glance planting schedule, and how-to information on harvest and care of freshly cut blooms to ensure the longest vase life.
- A set of printable planning cards featuring more than 30 of Floret’s favorite bearded irises. Each card contains all the information you need to plan your perfect patch, including a color photo, description, height, and bloom time.
This guide is free, but you’ll need to sign up here so we can send you the printable materials.
Our friends at Schreiner’s are still taking orders, but keep in mind that the last date for ordering is September 12. If you sign up for the iris guide, it includes a 20% off coupon for orders over $75.
To celebrate iris planting time, I thought it would be fun to give away a $100 gift certificate to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. To enter, please comment below and tell me if you’ve ever grown irises before, and if so, what’s your favorite variety. Sadly, this giveaway is only available for U.S. residents due to export restrictions. The winner will be announced on Friday, September 3.
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