A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
A joy to just curl up with, whether you want to savor the beauty of the images or learn more about this versatile garden perennial.
The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns.
In this comprehensive and definitive guide, iris expert Kelly Norris provides an accessible yet authoritative overview of these deservedly popular plants. Introductory chapters show how to grow successfully, how to use them in the garden, how to choose the best plants, and how to "create" new irises. A Guide to Bearded Irises also provides portraits of the most outstanding plants in each of the six recognized categories, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A resource section lists specialty nurseries devoted to bearded irises.
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 352 pp.
- Book dimensions: 8 x 9 in. (230 x 205 mm.)
- Images: 318 color photos
- ISBN-10: 1604692081
- ISBN-13: 9781604692082
- Product code: 689208
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"This is a book that's a joy to just curl up with, whether you want to savor the beauty of the images or learn more about this versatile garden perennial."
"Norris is a charming guide. It's difficult not to be seduced by his enthusiasm and tantalizing descriptions of the colors, textures, ruffles, and patterns of the iris species."
"[Norris] is an enthusiastic young American who writes in a readable style with his passion for irises coming across on each page."
"Norris offer[s] fresh inspiration, as well as growing tips and descriptions of recommended cultivars."
"A green thumbs up, especially as this is a fresh, timely, and appealing presentation of the topic."
"It's a rainbow of a book, with deliciously coloured section pages and graphics that mark it out as having a modern approach to this potentially old-fashioned flower."
"A handsome book."
"Comprehensive and up-to-date, all the while brimming with an enthusiasm that is exhilarating, inspiring."