Showing posts from January, 2015

Growing Bearded Iris in the Garden

One of my favorite spring blooming plants is the Bearded Iris. It is easy to grow and produces lots of beautiful flowers to enjoy. The iris has a thick fleshy root called a "rhizome". When you purchase an iris, it will be planted in a container and growing or you can purchase it in a plastic bag where you have just the rhizome. The rhizome will be clipped of roots, leaves and has been cleaned. If you purchase it in a bag, feel the rhizome to make sure that it is not soft or dried out. Once you have your iris rhizome, plant it in well drained soil and in a sunny spot in your garden. If you prepare your garden bed for planting iris, make sure that the soil has been turned to a depth of 10 inches and prepare the bed several weeks ahead of planting. When you plant your rhizome, plant it close to the soil surface and if you are planting multiple rhizomes allow at least a foot in between each one. Bone meal and a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen works great for iris. When your…

Fothergilla for the Garden

Here is a shrub that I added to my garden several years ago. It was small when I planted it, but over the years it has grown and this past year bloomed. Dwarf Fothergilla or Fothergilla gardenia is a small round shrub that is slow growing to about 3 to 4 feet tall with a slightly wider spread than height. It is easy to care for and the only pruning you will need to do will be to remove damaged or dead limbs. It blooms in April with these very fragrant, unusual looking flowers. After it blooms the leaves stay green until they turn to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.

Fothergilla can grow in sun or partial shade. It grows in zones 5-9 and is deer resistant. It is a North America native and is related to the Witch Hazel family. It does require weekly watering if in dry conditions. It is a deciduous shrub that was named after John Fothergill, an English physician. There are lots of different varieties of Fothergilla in the nursery trade that range in many different sizes for t…