Keeping your irises happy over the summer

By Elissa Strong
on January 22, 2018

Keeping your irises happy over the summer

Summer seems to be really heating up over these last few weeks, with more to follow for us here at Sunshine Iris Nursery.  To ensure our irises are not too stressed over these hot days, and to maintain our high standards, we follow a few simple processes that may help your irises in the garden also.

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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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Tall bearded iris

  • Anthology - Tall Bearded Iris
    Anthology - Tall Bearded Iris
  • Arabian Story - Tall Bearded Iris
    Arabian Story - Tall Bearded Iris
  • Avalon Sunset - Tall Bearded Iris
    Avalon Sunset - Tall Bearded Iris
  • Azure Angel - Tall Bearded Iris
    Azure Angel - Tall Bearded Iris
  • Barbara My Love - Tall Bearded Iris
    Barbara My Love - Tall Bearded Iris
  • Beau Zam - Tall Bearded Iris
    Beau Zam - Tall Bearded Iris

Can we help you?

Looking for more information or a certain plant?  Want to buy wholesale?  Can't decide which iris?  Contact Margie on 0422 672 112 or Mandy on 0429 857 085 or email us

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