Velvety, reddish brown falls deepen to nearly black in the center with lighter, rose-brown edging. A bright crown of golden standards emits an enticing, sweet fragrance further enhancing its gently ruffled form.
Bearded Iris are sensationally showy creatures, and are among the most useful and widely grown perennials. There is no perennial group that can compare in the range of hues, and a gardener can easily compose a brilliant June border by selecting from the most electric shades of red and orange to create a riveting blaze of color, or weaving soft pastels of pink, blue, and yellow with white for a subtle effect. It’s a palette of great beauty combined with a plant of easy culture and reliable hardiness, and many varieties also offer a sweet perfume that reminds us of wild grapes. Plenty of sun and good drainage are the primary requirements for success, and they will repeat their lavish display for many years.
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