By Trish Holder
I must be part Cajun. That’s how much I love my Louisiana irises.
Talk about your easy-to-grow flower!
We planted these in our “modified rain garden” which we installed in 2010 to help deal with a pretty bad erosion/drainage issue in the southwest corner of our yard. The plants are thriving, providing me with a second flowering season of absolutely decadent lavender and white blooms. They should continue to bloom through spring.
Iris Growing Tips? Forget About It!
Louisiana irises come in just about every color you can imagine. They are also drought tolerant, rain tolerant, and an all-around-easy-keeper of a flower. In short, they are a perfect choice our unpredictable North Carolina weather.
Getting these irises started was so easy! We planted them. We watered them for a few weeks. We forgot about them. Then, one day last spring we were presented with an overlapping conglomeration of purple and white ruffled petals forming a bloom that is easily 5-inches across.
Now that my Louisiana irises are in their second season, the stalks are multiplying, begging me to dig some up and fill-in a few more spaces for an even greater display next spring.
The plants, which grow wild in Louisiana swamps, are equally happy here in North Carolina, come rain or shine. In fact, from what I read, they do well as far north as Illinois. Wet or dry, this is one flower that keeps on giving. They are ideally suited for problematic areas of the yard where water tends to pool after a rain, which made them perfect for the low-lying corner of our yard. They are an excellent choice for helping you prevent erosion.
Be Green in the Garden
These are the kind of plants that make a serial plant killer like me feel like a Master Gardener. Plus, they get five stars for being an environmentally sound choice. Clearly, they don’t require water or fertilizer, and they are a great choice for slowing down the flow of rainwater, helping it seep into the ground before it gets sucked into a drainage pipe.
Oh – and that’s no stock photo! That is an untouched photo taken in my own yard with a 7-year-old digital camera. Not only do these flowers make you feel like an expert gardener, they make you feel like an expert photographer, too.