If you’re looking for an easy way to add color and grace to your garden, Siberian Irises are a great choice. They grow in poor soil and tolerate wet, shady areas as well as drier soil and sunny areas. In other words – they’re very adaptable.
The tall, graceful, grass-like foliage adds height and structure to the flower beds. The blooms are smaller than bearded irises and Siberian Irises don’t sport a beard at all.
Siberian Iris are native to Europe and northern Asia. They’re available in an array of colors including purple, blue, yellow, pink and white. The Caesars Brother Siberian Iris is very popular and is especially hardy. As with all other irises, the rootstocks or rhizomes are toxic if ingested, so keep them away from children and animals.
Siberian Irises are especially beautiful by a water garden or in low -lying areas where it may be difficult to grow other less tolerant perennials or shrubs. They are resistant to deer and groundhogs, and aren’t as prone to root diseases and iris borers, like the bearded irises.
Siberian Irises multiply quickly and should be planted in an area that is large enough to allow for growth, and can be planted up until the end of the summer. Plants should be divided after they bloom in early summer. They’re great for sharing with friends and family, who will love to receive a few plants for their gardens, after the irises have spread enough to outgrow their location. Irises are a perennial that can be handed down through generations, allowing the whole family to enjoy the dainty, colorful blooms for many years to come.