Here are some examples of how daylilies and irises can be used in landscaping.
MASS PLANTING of one or several varieties in a garden bed dedicated entirely to themselves, this makes caring for the plants so much easier given the same plant requirements.
INTEGRATED PLANTING allows daylilies and iris to be included in COTTAGE STYLE gardens, mixed in with other perennials.
THEMATIC PLANTING using colours, sizes of blooms-possibly more suited to collectors.
POTS both daylilies and iris are suited to containers. The plants will require more moisture and slow release fertilizer.
CULTURE AND SUITABILITY....................................................................................................
DAYLILIES prefer to grow in open sunny positions, once established they are drought tolerant, but do prefer regular watering to maintain plant health. PH is not a problem as they will grow readily in FRIABLE SOIL, which allows the root system to establish easily. FLOWERING depends on the hybrid, the greater the variety the longer the blooming period of late SPRING into AUTUMN. Daylilies appreciate both organic and chemical fertiliser both in early spring and then again in summer. GROOMING occurs naturally as the older foliage dies off, this can be done manually or the plant itself uses the spent leaves for mulch. THRIP and APHIDS can be removed by spraying or by beneficial insects. DIVISION of the clump is best made when ten fans have formed which in W.A. is about 2-3years following planting. The clump is best dug up with a fork and a third of the roots and leaf growth trimmed back, a sharp knife will divide out the individual fans in readiness for replanting.
TALL BEARDED IRIS
In W.A. the rhizome is planted below the soil surface, this reduces the possibility of sunburn and scaring of the tissue. TALL BEARDED IRIS prefer lime PH and a loose root run in sandy/loam soils. Best grown in beds of their own or integrated with other plants or grown as a border in front of taller plants. TALL BEARDED IRIS survive in a HOT DRY SUMMER, and a COLD WET WINTER. The inland and South West climate guarantees consistent blooming. Recommended for Landscapes in wineries and other stand alone designs. Tall bearded iris have PERFUME which is intoxicating to the senses and together with the flower- gives rise to many an artists camera or brush. Grooming is done after flowering- a gentle tug of the spent flower stem and old foliage. Thrip and aphids can be sprayed when necessary. DIVISION is encouraged every FOUR YEARS or when the original fan has multiplied by ten. Spent rhizomes can be discarded and offsets replanted. An often asked question is "CAN IRIS CHANGE THEIR COLOUR?" the answer is NO! the more likely scenario is that either a seed has grown to maturity or another variety has grown into that rhizome. OVERWATERING on hot days can lead to crown rot...if this should happen, simply remove the rot, leaving the root system in tac as new off sets will emerge later.
Early SPRING BLOOMING, best grown in ACIDIC SOIL. Louisiana Iris are gross feeders, needing FERTILIZER similar to that given to roses and camelias. Best planted in composted water retaining soil. SEED PODS if not harvested will germinate and grow into similar but not the same as the parent plant. GROOMING can be done after blooming, by gently removing the older leaves and by cutting off the bloom stem. DIVISION can be made when the clump becomes congested with rhizomes, after blooming or early AUTUMN is an ideal time. Fabulous growing in LANDSCAPES along the COASTAL FRINGE of W.A. with guaranteed flowing. BEST SUITED in WATER GARDENS, GARDEN BORDERS or in MIXED PLANTINGS.