The word Iris means rainbow. They named this wonderful garden plant Iris because of all the different color of blooms…blue, purple, white, yellow, pink, orange, brown, red and even black. The Iris plant can be planted almost anywhere, some grow in the deserts, some in swamps and will tolerate many different temperatures. The Iris can withstand some freezing temperatures, cover with mulch after first freeze and they will come back next year,
The Iris thrives in partial shade and can even tolerate full sun. Plant your Iris in July, August or September. Plant in soil that drains well. It is very important that you do not plant any deeper than one inch below the soil. Plant the Iris 12-24 inch apart. When first planted water them deep and thoroughly, after they do best with infrequent deep waterings. For best results make sure no weeds grow any where around your free plant.
Your Iris will bloom in early spring and last four to six weeks at a time, they grow to be four to six inches tall. Pruning is not necessary unless you planted them too close together then you will have to thin them out, Iris do like a lot of room to grow.
The Greek goddess, Iris is known to be the messenger of love; this flower is considered to be the symbol of communication and messages. Each color of the Iris means different things. The purple Iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments, blue Iris symbolizes faith and hope, the yellow Iris symbolizes passion and white Iris symbolizes purity.
The Iris is a great gift that can symbolize many different emotions and a gift that can be enjoyed for a long time, or a beautiful addition to anywhere in your garden.