This Month's Featured Plant
May in east Tennessee brings brilliant sun and 75 degree days quickly followed by 40 and 50 degree plunges.Dwarf crested iris handles this in stride. They are stretching out their leaves now and pretty soon, their bright cheerful flowers will unfurl as well. This little ground covering iris makes its home on rich wooded slopes in much of the central eastern states. It is happy on well drained soils in mostly shade in the south and more sun in the north, where it forms a beautiful, 4” tall ground cover. It’s large flowers range in color from light purple to blue to white, with yellow and white markings in their centers. Dwarf crested iris is very easy to grow. It expands directly in relation to the quality of your soil. The better your soil conditions, the faster it spreads. You can never have too much of this carefree harbinger of spring. Dwarf crested iris carpets the sides of many trails in the Smoky Mountains. It is a sight you will never forget. Plant it along with other wildflowers like woodland phlox, celandine poppies, and foamflower. What a beautiful combination.
Read our favorite spring poem that is SO typical of east Tennessee's spring.
Good Companions for Dwarf Crested Iris
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