Beared iris foliage looking good this year

aachenelf z5 MplsJuly 13, 2014

One of the reasons I don't have many Bearded Iris is because the foliage usually gets so ugly be midsummer. The way it looks this year, I'm thinking maybe I should do some re-evaluation of that stand.

How does yours look? Maybe the cooler summer with lots of rain is making a difference for me?

Kevin

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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I grow the dwarf bearded iris and the variegated bearded - the foliage tends to stay healthy on the variegated and really brightens up areas. Nice thing about the dwarf varieties is they are easy to "hide" behind other foliage - if placed right, will be able to show off the blooms in the spring, then when nearby foliage fills in, only the tops of the swords will be visible, which lends a nice visual effect to mounded foliage, and if the foliage does get a bit ratty, it isn't very noticeable.

I don't mind a clump here or there of the tall bearded iris, but what looks terrible IMO is a large swath of them - usually looks cr*ppy after blooming.

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