Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving

By Margie Habraken
on April 19, 2018

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving

With Mother’s Day coming up soon, have you considered giving an iris or daylily as a gift?  There are lots of different ways a plant can express your appreciation  – be it your mother, your spouse, a special occasion or just a good friend.

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Why grow median and dwarf irises?

By Margie Habraken
on December 11, 2017

Why grow median and dwarf irises?

Medians are less prone to wind damage and are easier to display in vases. They will provide a spring feature amongst shrubs and mixed perennial gardens.

Dwarf irises are excellent edge plants and require little maintenance. They are very resilient, handle dry summers well and are easy to move around the garden when clumps increase in size.

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Add a bit of quirky to your iris

By Margie Habraken
on August 19, 2017

Add a bit of quirky to your iris

Following on from our last blog about how wonderful iris in pots can look, how about giving your garden a touch of the quirky?

Consider using different and unusual containers to plant out your iris.  There’s a huge variety of things you can use, limited only by your imagination.  Many ideas also reuse containers that would otherwise go to landfill – a win-win all round!  Here’s a few suggestions –

  • Plant out your iris in an old wheelbarrow – the older the better. And so easy to move to another part of the garden for that burst of colour once they are flowering.
  • For a more permanent display, paint some old tyres in bold colours. Fill with good potting soil and create an abstract circular display.
  • Old watering cans make great rustic display containers for your iris.
  • In the garden at Sunshine Iris we have used an old washbasin to create a great feature in the garden. An old bath would give an even larger display.
  • Old baskets and wooden crates make perfect planters. Just line them with some plastic first and make a few drainage holes in the bottom before adding your potting mix.
  • Colourful plastic tubs or buckets also make a bright display. Just drill some holes in the base first.

Happy planting and feel free to share a photo of your quirky iris on our Facebook page when they flower.

Growing irises in containers

By Margie Habraken
on June 19, 2017

Growing irises in containers

As some of us downsize and others move into their first apartment – here’s a way to take your garden with you.  What about a blast of colour on your balcony or a welcoming container of potted iris at your front door?  Iris do very well in containers and now is a great time to plant up a pot or two.

If you have tall bearded iris, you need a pot at least 30cm in size – larger if you want to pack a bit of colour in there.   Choose a good quality potting mix and put your pots in an open sunny position where they will get some winter cold.  Plants in containers need to be watered a little more often, but be careful not to overwater. 

Irises in pots will also require a little more attention than those in the garden.  It is best to dig them up and divide each year after flowering in December or January.  This is also a good time to add some all-purpose fertiliser or Seasol.

Daylilies also do well in pots – a sunny aspect will bring out their best colours, particularly if it is a light coloured daylily.

Once the flowers start to appear, move your pot to the desired position, and wait for the compliments!

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    Gypsy Belle - Tall Bearded Iris
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    Persian Berry - Tall Bearded Iris
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    French Gown - Tall Bearded Iris
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    Alpenview - Tall Bearded Iris
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    Swerti - Tall Bearded Iris
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    Gratuity - Tall Bearded Iris

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