Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Iris Heather Heath Lavender and Heuchera Zone 6

Spring is finally here to stay now and the flowers are blooming for the season. This is the time for Iris to show their faces.

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The Heather and Heath Hill. Although I've made a few changes to this in the last weeks I haven't gotten a current photo, this one was a couple weeks ago. I ordered more Heather from HeathsandHeathers.com

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The front side that I changed last year. The only thing here that is not evergreen are the Iris and a small grouping of Hyacinth. The majority of the rest is Heuchera, Lavender and I just this last couple weeks added another ground cover, which there will be two to help fill up the space to the path. I figure by season's end this should be pretty much filled in. The closer side of the path is mainly groundcover waiting to fill in. Can't do much else there since it floods there from the neighbors.

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Iris So Grand on left and Iris Pagan Dance on right. I bought Pagan Dance for my beautiful Yorkshire Terrier Pagan. I love these two together. All my other Iris back here were divided last year and didn't bloom this year. I'm hoping they'll do ok next year or I will be forced to move them out of this dry area.

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Iris Study In Black and Iris Dusky Challenger. Really like both of these, but Dusky Challenger is such a beautiful deep purple that it really catches your eye.

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Iris Stepping Out which is a beautiful bi-color bloom and Iris Cemetery is vintage.

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The Ninebarks with Center Glow on left coming into bloom and the other 2 Diablo in bloom. Waiting for everything else to come in to bloom here. Hoping this rain continues that we've had, nice amounts of it without any yard flooding so far, but I'm sure I'm hoping for too much.



49 comments:

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Gorgeous Irises! I really like the deep purple and black.

FlowerLady said...

I love your heather and heath hill and your irises are wonderful. What a treat your Ninebarks are. I've never heard of them before.

Thank you for sharing your lovely gardens.

FlowerLady

Rebecca said...

My husband REALLY like Ninebarks! (We see them at the local Extension Gardens.)Yours are so pretty.

And it must be a VERY good year for Iris - or else I just forget! They are SO gorgeous. And I'm impressed that you know the names of yours. Mine were hand-me-overs and came with no real identification.....

Angie said...

They are all just BEAUTIFUL! I'm making a note to check on some Heather. Your zone is just a tad behind mine; is there a cold-hardy Heather?

Sunray Gardens said...

Hi Angie. There are Heaths and Heathers that are good for your zone. I got mine here http://www.heathsandheathers.com/ and they are great to work with. Check your soil ph before ordering though to make sure you are getting the proper ones to grow for you.
Cher

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Cher
When your heath and heather hill fills in, it will be an awesome patchwork quilt of colour - make sure you share a photo please.
I don't grow bearded irises any more - too much work with borers and dividing. I do have I. siberica though and a couple of patches of I. pallida.
My nine bark should be flowering soon, yours are covered in blooms, what a pretty sight.
Judith

Diane said...

Oh, these irises are just beautiful! Everything is looking so gorgeous! Have a great weekend, Cher.

Diane

Kate said...

Hi Cher!
Beautiful! Especially the heathers and heaths. Now I know the name of the light orange iris my friend gave me a few years back!

louise said...

Your irises are lovely. After an exceptionally warm March which made many spring flowers bloom early we have had 6 weeks of non stop rain which has halted my irises from flowering thus far. Your garden is looking great.

HolleyGarden said...

What beautiful ninebarks! And that black iris is just stunning. Love the front side. I'm impressed that so much is evergreen. Very important quality to think about, and it will be just as lovely in the winter.

Patsy said...

Love the spring flowers mine are about to go to summer.
They say I am out of free photos and must buy more space.

dorothy said...

Very pretty! The heucheras are a perfect contrast in your border. I really like the dark irises. I'm a beginner when it comes to irises, but I love that they come in such a variety of colors. Your garden is looking just lovely!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

My goodness you have a lot blooming now. I really like the heather and heath patch. It's sort of like a little cozy quilt. I'll be the textures are really nice all together too.

GirlSprout said...

The ninebarks and heathers look great. I think we both got some extra moisture this year. I like your pagan iris, too.

Mark and Gaz said...

The heather patch is looking lovely, and so does your selection of irises in bloom, love them all! I must add more irises in our garden as inspired by your post :)

Lona said...

Hi Cher. Those Nine Barks bushes are just gorgeous. I love those pink blooms against the dark foliage. You have some pretty Irises in bloom now. I adore the Study in Black. Beautiful! Happy Mothers Day to you.

Denise said...

those photos are so pretty, you have such a beautiful garden.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Cher,
Spring has certainly arrived and it is good to be seeing the beautiful flowers in your garden! The colours are so wonderful! Have yourself a great week and may your flowers keep blooming!:)
Judy

Casa Mariposa said...

Everything looks great! I love how colorful your garden is. :o)

Zoey said...

Everything looks so good. I love the Ninebark bloom. I forgot they bloomed. I hope the ones I planted last year will get some blooms soon.

The Heather and Heath patch is really looking good!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Those Ninebarks really make a statement. Gorgeous! And your irises are lovely.

Rohrerbot said...

I love your side planters! Beautiful job mixing and matching the different plant. Good luck with your Iris and I hope the move pays off with them. It's always good to try it out....hope you are well. And nice to see your garden area again:)

Malar said...

What a beautiful garden work!

Beth said...

Oh, Cher, your heather hill is absolutely fabulous! I'm also locing the ninebarks and your iris. You must be truly enjoying being out in the gardens this spring!
Blessings and hugs, Beth

darbycreekyorks said...

HI, Very pretty! I have irises I was planning to post in my blog in the next day or so. LMK if you want chunks of any! Moved from garden center to appliances. Now I am permanent.

Keep checking Lowe's clearance carts as they put a lot of perennials there once they've bloomed out dirt cheap!

Gale

Jeanny said...

Lovely garden. I really like your Irises! They are gorgeous.

Bumble Lush Kitchen Garden said...

Looks beautiful! I love the color combinations and contrasts. I have a heuchera plant in a container. I love the dark color and am thinking of getting a few more to put around the back yard. have a lovely weeeknd!

darbycreekyorks said...

I remember that name "Steppin Out" but not the flower. Weird. Must have sported!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,
Wow! Those are beautiful blooms!
Everything is looking fantastic. Our Spring is slowly coming around we had a hard frost last week, hopefully that will be it for the season. I have one Iris with a bloom waiting for it to open. So good to hear from you, hope everything is going well!
All the Best,
Christine

Kippy Marrie said...

Ola amigos queridos...
Passamos para desejar uma ótima semana.
Fiquem com o Papai do Céu.
Aus 1000 e beijos 1000 com carinho...

KIPPY & LILLY

Ginger Zuck said...

WOW Cher, your gardens are blooming beautiful. I love Iris and I love love lavender. Everything is beautiful. This has been such a grand Spring for flowers and plants!!

Autumn Belle said...

I like the beautiful colour of the heather and heath bushes. Happy spring!

Giga said...

Bardzo lubię irysy, mają ciekawą budowę i kolory. Są bardzo delikatne i śliczne. Pozdrawiam.
I like irises, have an interesting design and colors. They are very delicate and beautiful. Yours.

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amigos...
Ótimo final de semana.
Fiquem com o Papai do Céu.
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho...

KIPPY & LILLY

Andrea said...

Your plants are spectacular, and it is my first time to hear of ninebarks. They look like lights at that far shot. The colors of the irises are also wonderful. I love your temperate blooms, which of course are alien to us here. Yes i hope you get only enough rain without flooding, hahaha!

Annmarie Pipa said...

very pretty!

VW said...

It's looking good - isn't it fun to see new beds maturing? Do you have a spot for tall delphiniums? If so, you might consider 'Pagan Purple' just for the name. I have it in my yard and it's wonderful - taller than me when it blooms in June.

Cathy and Steve said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous iris. The voles totally destroyed the largest of our iris beds.... I can enjoy them vicariously through you!

Donna Heber said...

Your gardens are looking gorgeous! I have several Ninebarks blooming as well.

Darla said...

Oh my! I love all of these combinations.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Beautiful collection of Iris. Iris are drought-tolerant, aren't they?

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love all of your iris! so many varieties....i hear many people are tearing out their bearded iris's and replacing them with siberian...eventually i believe we will be the lucky ones to have these in our gardens! thanks so much for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden Party! xoox, tracie

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Ooh, I just planted 7 Diablo's! I hope they turn out great like yours! Do you give them any special fertilizer, or is it just a lot of sun that gets them to flower like this? y iris are blooming too. I put some bamboo sticks next to a few because they were falling to the ground! Your lavender and heather look great!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Gorgeous Iris! I love the Heather and the Heath - I wish I could grow it where I live! I have enjoyed my visit and am your newest follower,
Kathy

Gardening with Juanita said...

Your Iris are beautiful in fact I like all.

Giga said...

Dziękuję, że mnie tak często odwiedzasz. Jest to bardzo miłe. Pozdrawiam.
Thank you for visiting me so often. It is very nice. Yours.

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amiguinha querida...
Bom te ver e estar de volta de minhas férias.
Foi muuuitooooo bom e gostei.
Obrigada por sua amizade.
Tenha uma ótima semana e fique com o Papai do Céu.
aus 1000 e beijos 1000 das amigas do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

Ogrodnictwo od A do Z said...

Ogród wspaniały i na dodatek tak różnorodną roślinnością :)

Pozdrawiam
Grzegorz

Gardening with Juanita said...

I love Irises yours are lovly your whole garden is.