Multicolor Bearded Iris

(Toledo, OH) The first of our bearded irises opened on Mother's Day, and the timing could not have been better. The last blossoms on our late-blooming tulips are about to lose their petals, and this time in early May is a bit light in the number of colorful perennials that bloom.

One of the reasons I enjoy the flowers known as Iris pumila is that they are quite hardy, standing up to dog traffic and thriving in even shaded areas of my yard. You could do worse for bridesmaid gifts than the beautiful bearded iris, provided your wedding party members have a place to keep the flowers until after the wedding.

And a yard in which to plant the lovely bearded iris.


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