This exuberant lady, Iris 'Lenora Pearl', was the first pink reblooming Iris we offered, and is still a favorite. Her performance is not a whit diminished by the relatively modest dimensions of the plant, which, at 2ft, is properly considered a Border Bearded Iris. The blooms are gracefully shaped, and the sweet pink is brought to life by a bright tangerine beard. Plants are perfectly proportioned and carry the June and late-summer flowerings with such style that 'Lenora Pearl' carried off the coveted Knowlton Medal (which goes to the best Border Bearded Iris) in 1996.
There is a small but growing number of Bearded Iris that bloom gloriously in June, then flower again in late summer and into fall. They have no requirements beyond a light dose of fertilizer once the first bloom is complete and regular watering when things get hot and dry. This small effort is amply rewarded as the season draws to a close.
Iris is a large genus with upwards of 200 species, which range from inconspicuous wildlings to the extravagant. Plenty of sun and well-drained soil with a pH near neutral are the primary requirements for their success. Bearded Iris are best planted in the fall because they go dormant in June and are harvested in August. We start shipping bareroot plants in early September, continue to late October for warmer zones.