A Guide to Bearded Irises

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A Guide to Bearded Irises

Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts

By Kelly Norris

Timber Press (OR), Hardcover, 9781604692082, 348pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2012


The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns.

As the manager ofRainbow Iris Farm and co-editorof theBulletin of the American Iris Society, Kelly Norris is the authority on gardening withbearded irises.His introductory chapters offer tips for successful growth, garden design, plant selection, and "creating" new irises. A Guide to Bearded Irises also provides portraits of the most outstanding plants in each of the six recognized categories, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A resource section lists specialty nurseries, organizations devoted to bearded irises, and public gardens with notable iris collections.