Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris

SDBs rock!

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris are exceptional rock garden plants. I companion them with sedums for a long season of color. SDBs provide a burst of spring color and the foliage provides a vertical accent throughout the growing season. Sedum foliage can contrast with SDB flower color and carry interest past the iris season.
Sedums add contrasting foliage

One of my favorite SDBs is an older variety created by a local hybridizer. “Dress Whites” is not found in the nursery trade. I picked it out of an iris society sale decades ago and shared it with many gardening friends over the years. The complex colors work well with the fresh greens of spring. Like all SDBs it requires little care mostly transplanting every few years.   
Dress Whites

A combination of light blue, green, highlights of gold and brown. The foliage is blue-green with a white margin.
Check out your local iris society sales! 

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