For unusual and reliable color in a low water garden Tall Bearded Reblooming Irises can bring year-round interest. These plants of hybrid origin thrive in the hot sun of Southern California and watering once a week to keep them from entering dormancy should ensure a long blooming season.
As the name suggests, reblooming irises are known to produce their spectacular blooms from spring through late fall / early winter. The flower stems shooting up above the thick fanning leaves vary between 2′ and 4′ tall and the large flowers can be 6″ across or sometimes even larger. The available flower colors and combinations is basically unlimited.
The length and reliability of the blooming season can be established when buying your irises. Iris retailers usually have a description for each cultivar which includes the notation “RE”, “RE” or “RE RE“. “RE” means the plant should rebloom in fall / winter. “RE” means the plant is a very dependable rebloomer and “RE RE” means this plant should bloom for most of the year.
In my patio garden I have three Tall Bearded Reblooming Irises from the Matilija Nursery in Moorpark, CA. “Splash O’ Wine” (RE RE) was the first to flower. You’ll see that in the gallery. I also have “Comanche Drums” (RE) and “Return to Sender” (RE RE).
|Common Name||Iris Tall Bearded Rebloomers|
|Botanic Name||Iris Germanica|
|Potential Size ||2' x 2'|
|Notes||Attracts HummingbirdsAttracts Bees|