I'm looking for a beige colored rose to match this iris. Any suggestions? The iris can look dirty yellow, grayish peach, or just plain light tan.
Try looking at the old tea rose 'Safrano'. It does not have the grey tones, but very pale yellow, almost white, with buff tones. I am in No Cal Sunset zone 15, and it blooms here 10-11 months of the year. Stopped about a month ago, and is now putting out new growth (red, which goes great with the colors) and buds for its first Spring flush.
I have that Iris, I like it. Mine is at the feet of 'Perdita' and I try not to look at both of them at the same time. Thankfully the Iris bloom period is not long.
I would use 'Honey Dijon'.
'Koko Loko' might be interesting as well.
I would go with Koko Loko. I'll bet it will match up perfect with that Iris with the way it changes colors.
Rather than match the color I'd pick something from the opposite side of the color wheel, i.e. mauves and purples. I think that would look much more vibrant and interesting and you won't have to worry about finding an exact match. Another idea would be to find a rose that's terracotta or orange which would be on the warm side as the irises are, but pack considerably more punch.
Koko Loco would also be nice. The buff are usually so muddy. Agree with Ingrid. Pick up the purple in the center of the iris.
I was thinking purple/dusky mauve/murrey too. A single or semi double to contast all those silky ruffles. Also consider bloom time. Susan
But Koko Loco sounds pretty. Distant Drums?
I have a Distant Drums. It's a pretty shrub. In my opinion, the coloring would compliment the iris, but not "match."
The blooms start out purple/pink with a tan center and then fade to a pale orchid. It's bloom cycle is really unique.
Here is a link that might be useful: HMF - Distant Drums (photo)
Yes. I was thinking of complement rather than match. I'm not much of a "matcher". Sorry!
Thank you, everyone. My first thought was Koko Loko, but Honey Dijon is even closer. I'm putting together a companion plant post for the iris with another gardener and she is doing the complementary colors, and I am looking for companion plants with the same color scheme as the iris. I may have to take this in a different direction, though.
If u go with DD make sure you like myrrh. A very nice rose. Think it would rock this Iris.
What do you think about going towards the yellow? Maybe Marylin Monroe?
Here is a link that might be useful: HMF - Marylin Monroe
Oh ...what a great suggestion. Mine is more apricot. Love her!
I agree with the other comments on considering Distant Drums! An amazing rose...with interesting changing colors.
I just got a Thornbird last summer, now I want to plant it next to my DD :D
Here's my DD last year...first bloom just peaking open...
And the same bloom fully opened 24 hours later...
Here is a link that might be useful: GothicLibrarian.net
YUM! Gorgeous. I guess I'm going to have to get Thornbird! Do they bloom together.