The flowers and foliage are very much like those of their taller "cousins," the tall bearded German iris, but the plants are only eight to ten inches tall. The overall effect is more delicate.
The color combinations on these irises are wonderful, including blues, pinks, yellows, and many have flowers with two-color markings.
Years ago, in an earlier garden of my own, I had a long line of tall bearded iris on both sides of the walk. They were quite a sight in late spring! In my present garden, I don't have enough sun space for the big guys, but I do have a few of these dwarf (Iris pumila) sweeties in my raised beds.
It was a pleasure to see so many varieties in such a range of color in Eleanore and Dick's garden.
These plants grown from a rhizome, which is a potato-looking tuberous thing that is not the same as a bulb (for example, a tulip bulb). They are planted fairly shallowly in sun in soil that is rich but drains well.
The garden here at Eleanore's is extensive and there are all kinds of wonderful shrubs and perennials. Dick is growing a lot of annuals from seed every year as well, and they are waiting in their seedling pots for the start of the season.
In addition to the dwarf bearded iris, there are bluebells and bleeding heart in bloom in this garden.
This has really been a phenomenal spring here in east central Illinois. I think that just about every flowering tree or shrub that I've seen has flowered more heavily than usual. It's quite something to stand close to the lilac blooms and feel enveloped in them.
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