Thứ Tư, 13 tháng 1, 2016


Susanne Holland Spicker

In the past when planning my beds, I always organized them with a specific color or colors in mind, with a few favorite irises, then added an assortment of several perennial plants that coordinated with, or enhanced the bed.The past several years, however, my passion for tall bearded irises has increased and I have planted additional irises that coordinate with each other, adding several to the beds. The upside is that this past season the beds were a glorious array of coordinating colors! The downside to adding more irises is that division must be done every 2-3 years in my beds because of closer planting. I still have companion plants of every kind, but the number of irises now outnumber the other perennials.


I have recently added some new irises to this bed.  The collage shows how I organize the iris in color schemes that are pleasing to the eye.  I've added ''CENTER ICE' and 'LIMERANCE' this year to this favorite garden bed.   I also moved two irises into different beds where I thought they would look better and to make room for new ones.  That's the great thing about irises-- they are so easy to move around. 


Another bed that got revamped this year is a striking combination of red/buff/gold:
Collage showing partial view of a previous iris bed. 'BEWILDERBEAST', 'TIMELESS MOMENT', 'RED SKIES', 'DRAMA QUEEN' and 'COFFEE WHISPERS'
For example, this bed consisting of 10 irises will now have 15 next year, as shown in the new collage. 


In choosing irises, I regularly pour over commercial catalogs, both printed and online. I also utilize the AIS wiki, a comprehensive encyclopedia of every iris that has been introduced.  Most have multiple pictures, and all the information regarding the cultivar is listed as well. I also enjoy viewing photos of irises in several groups on facebook; two being Iris Lovers and Iris Growers and Traders.

As far as my collages, when I have a new iris that I've just planted and it hasn't bloomed, I try to get a picture in a garden so I can take my own photo. When unable to do so, I use those photos only in my personal files, then replace my own picture when the iris has bloomed.

Making changes is easy with the collage. This bed has several new cultivars, and promises to be a favorite next year. 




The collage shows additions and changes made in the bed. 

Because there are so many tall bearded irises to choose from, mixing, and coming up with harmonious color schemes is an easy task. The hardest part is choosing from the thousands of irises that have been hybridized over the years, with every year hundreds more being introduced. Making a collage has helped make this process much easier for me.

Do you coordinate your iris beds? What color combinations do you like in them? What has worked for you in planning out your beds? I'd love to hear from you! 

(NOTE:These pictures 
should not be shared publicly without the consent 
of the photographer.Thank you fellow Iris lovers for the use of 'COFFEE 
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Iris Bloom Season in Northwest Louisiana Part II

by Ron Killingsworth

Earlier we looked at some irises and other flowers that bloomed this past spring in NW Louisiana.  The season was very late and when it finally turned warm, everything bloomed at once!  

"Flareout" a Louisiana iris by Marvin Grainger 1988
"Flareout" is one of many doubles hybridized by Marving Grainger.  It has all falls and the style arms are usually deformed.

"Longue Vue" a Louisiana iris by Dormon Haymon 1999
Dormon Haymon named this iris for Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans.  It remains a favorite white iris and is a great garden iris.

"Gladiator's Gift" a Louisiana iris by John C. Taylor 1990

Hardy gladiolas and poppies growing with Louisiana irises in the background

'Heavenly Glow" a Louisiana iris by Richard Morgan, 1988
This remains one of my favorite irises.  It grows well and has such nice green style arms.  The veining is very nice.  Richard Morgan produced a lot of great irises.

"Hush Money"  a Louisiana iris by Mary Dunn 1998
If forced to name my favorite Louisiana irises, this one would probably be at the top of the list.  It is a great garden iris and is simply beautiful.  And, what a name.  (Especially when Louisiana politicians are so well known for their "hush money"!)

"Iris.Nelsonii"  - Dwarf
We do not grow a lot of the species of Louisiana irises but I really like this tiny little nelsonii.

"Iris.Nelsonii" growing in a clump

A mixture of various hybrid Louisiana irises in one of our many beds.

"June's Pick" a Louisiana iris by M. D. Faith 2002

"LaFitte Celebration" a Louisiana iris by Pat O'Connor 2002
A nice clump of this iris growing by the Koi pond with several others off to the side.

"Notta Lemon" a Tall Bearded iris by Tom Burseen 2009
I really like this Tall Bearded iris!  It was a gift and that makes it even more special.

"Our Parris" a Louisiana iris by C. Carroll 1987
I have never met C. Carrol and really do not know much about the hybridizer, except he hybridized outside the US.  It is a pretty iris and I look for it each bloom season.

"Peaches in Wine" a Louisiana iris by Heather Pryor 1997

"Pointe Aux Chenes" a Louisiana iris by Joe Musacchia 2005
A beauty with a great south Louisiana name.  Joe Musacchia (Cajun Joe) has produced numerous lovely Louisiana irises.

"Praline Festival" a Louisiana iris by Dormon Haymon 1992
Another beauty with a great "southern" name.

That's about it for part II folks.  Don't miss part III. I hope your bloom season was more "normal".  If you are interested in knowing more about or growing Louisiana irises feel free to contact the Society for Louisiana Irises for more information.  You can learn more about all the other irises at the American Iris Society website.
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Chi Diên vĩ- Iris

Chi Diên vĩ (danh pháp khoa họcIris) là một chi hoa có vẻ đẹp rất được ưa chuông, được trồng khá phổ thông tại vườn nhà,vườn bách thảo ở nhiều nước. Iris là tên được đặt theo vị nữ thần Hy Lạp cầu vồng Iris, vì có nhiều loài, mỗi loài có một màu sắc riêng biệt.[1] Chi này có khoảng 260-300 loài.

Section Iris
Beardless rhizomatous irises It has been generally divided into 2 sections, 'Limniris', which is further divided down to about 16 series and 'Lophiris' (also known as 'Evansias' or crested iris.[1]
Section Limniris (going inalphabetical order)
Series Californicae Pacific Coast irises
  1. Iris bracteata – Siskiyou Iris
  2. Iris chrysophylla – Yellow-leaved Iris
  3. Iris douglasiana – Douglas Iris
  4. Iris fernaldii – Fernald's Iris
  5. Iris hartwegii – Hartweg's Iris, Rainbow Iris, Sierra Iris
  6. Iris innominata – Del Norte Iris
  7. Iris macrosiphon – Bowltube Iris
  8. Iris munzii – Munz's Iris, Tulare Lavender Iris
  9. Iris purdyi – Purdy's Iris
  10. Iris tenax – Tough-leaved Iris, Oregon Iris
  11. Iris tenuissima Dykes – (Long-tubed Iris)
Series Chinenses (from east Asia)
  1. Iris henryi Baker
  2. Iris koreana Nakai
  3. Iris minutoaurea Makino
  4. Iris odaesanensis Y.N.Lee
  5. Iris proantha Diels
  6. Iris rossii Baker
  7. Iris speculatrix Hance
Series Ensatae
Series Foetidissimae
Series Hexagonae (known as the Louisiana irises)
  1. Iris brevicaulis Raf. – Zigzag Iris
  2. Iris fulva Ker-Gawl. – Copper Iris
  3. Iris giganticaerulea – Giant Blue Iris, Giant Blue Flag
  4. Iris hexagona Walt. – Dixie Iris
  5. Iris nelsonii Randolph – (Abbeville Iris)
  6. Iris savannarum Small – Prairie iris
Series Laevigatae (which includes the Japanese irises)
  1. Iris ensata Thunb. – Japanese Irishanashōbu(Japanese) (including I. kaempferi)
  2. Iris laevigata Fisch – Rabbitear Iris, Shallow-flowered Iris, kakitsubata (Japanese)
  3. Iris maackii Maxim.
  4. Iris pseudacorus L. – Yellow Iris, Yellow Flag
  5. Iris versicolor L. – Larger Blue Flag, Harlequin Blueflag
  6. Iris virginica L. – Virginia Iris
Series Longipetalae (Rocky Mountain or long-petaled iris)
Series Prismaticae (contains just one species from America)
Series Ruthenicae
Series Sibiricae (Siberian irises)
  1. Iris bulleyana Dykes
  2. Iris chrysographes – Black Iris
  3. Iris clarkei Baker
  4. Iris delavayi Micheli
  5. Iris forrestii Dykes
  6. Iris sanguinea Hornem. ex Donn – Blood Irisayame(Japanese)
  7. Iris siberica – Siberian Iris
  8. Iris typhifolia Kitag.
  9. Iris wilsonii C.H.Wright
Series Spuriae
  1. Iris brandzae Prod.
  2. Iris crocea Jacquem. ex R.C.Foster (including I. aurea)
  3. Iris graminea L.
  4. Iris halophila Pall.
    1. Iris halophila var. sogdiana (Bunge) Grubov
  5. Iris kerneriana Asch. & Sint.
  6. Iris ludwigii Maxim.
  7. Iris notha M.Bieb.
  8. Iris orientalis Mill. – (Yellow-banded Iris)
  9. Iris pontica Zapal.
  10. Iris pseudonotha Galushko
  11. Iris sintenisii Janka
  12. Iris spuria – Blue Iris
    1. Iris spuria subsp. carthaliniae (Fomin) B.Mathew
    2. Iris spuria subsp. demetrii (Achv. & Mirzoeva) B.Mathew
    3. Iris spuria subsp. maritima (Dykes) P.Fourn.
    4. Iris spuria subsp. musulmanica (Fomin) Takht.
  13. Iris xanthospuria B.Mathew & T.Baytop
Series Syriacae (species with swollen leaf bases and spiney bristles)
Series Tenuifoliae (mostly semi-desert plants)
  1. Iris anguifuga Y.T.Zhao & X.J.Xue
  2. Iris bungei Maxim.
  3. Iris cathayensis Migo
  4. Iris farreri Dykes
  5. Iris kobayashii Kitag.
  6. Iris loczyi Kanitz
  7. Iris qinghainica Y.T.Zhao
  8. Iris songarica Schrenk
  9. Iris tenuifolia Pall.
  10. Iris ventricosa Pall.
Series Tripetalae (mostly having three petals)
Series Unguiculares
Series Vernae (contains just one species from America)
Section Lophiris
Section Unguiculares'
Unplaced hybrids
Smooth-bulbed bulbous irises. Formerly genus Xiphion.
Section Xiphium
  1. Iris boissieri Henriq
  2. Iris filifolia Boiss.
  3. Iris juncea Poir.
  4. Iris latifolia – English Iris
  5. Iris lusitanica Ker Gawl.
  6. Iris rutherfordii M Rodriguez,P Vargas,M Carine and S Jury
  7. Iris serotina Willk. in Willk. & Lange
  8. Iris tingitana Boiss. & Reut. – (Morocco Iris)
  9. Iris xiphium syn. Iris x hollandica[2] – Spanish Iris, Dutch Iris, Small Bulbous-rooted Iris
Bulbous irises. Formerly genus Junopsis.
Section Nepalensis
  1. Iris collettii Hook.
  2. Iris decora Wall.
  3. Iris staintonii H Hara
  4. Iris barbatula Noltie & Guan
Smooth-bulbed bulbous irises known as "junos". Formerly genus Juno.
Section Scorpiris