March 7, 2015
Iris in Phoenix, Arizona
• Plant the bulb (actually it's a rhizome) shallowly in an area that will get plenty of sun and where you can count on water to puddle a bit. Iris need sunlight to bloom, but they also love to have *their feet wet*. Mine do best at the bottom on the little hill there on the west-facing side of the yard. Lots of sun, and plenty of water. Water them as much as you want, they're practically water plants.
• Keep them in an area that is easy to reach. That is, don't plant them way out where you can't get to them easily. Iris blooms don't last, and look ratty very quickly. After the bloom, cut the stalk to the ground. I keep them right along the edge where I can trim them while I'm doing a morning inspection with my coffee.
• Stick to the basic type. I've experimented with lots of different types, and colors, and find that the purplish-blue ones do the best here. They have beautiful foliage, come back year after year, and, well, they're purplish blue, which I like.
Posted by Brad Hall