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All of the essentials on iris care are carefully and simply explained, along with tips to ensure a stunning display from healthy plants. Specific cultural advice for the most desirable and adaptable iris types allows gardeners to choose the plants best suited for their region of the country. The full beauty of these irises is captured in color, featuring images by renowned garden photographer Roger Foley. Also included is a list of recent American Iris Society award-winning varieties and complete instructions on choosing the best varieties for your garden; the when and how of planting irises; coaxing more blooms from each plant; dividing rhizomes; controlling pests safely; creating your own hybrids.
A 40-year veteran of iris growing shares his expertise in choosing, planting, growing, and dividing the most exquisite irises. 163 color photos.
Of all the iris books on the market, The Gardener's Iris Book is the first one keyed specifically to the American gardener. Author William Shear shares his expertise gained from 40 years of tending irises in almost every area of the country.
Starting with the Tall Bearded Iris, the book features iris types that will cover almost any garden conditions -- dry, wet, shady, or sunny. Step-by-step instructions and photos make choosing, planting, and growing irises simple.
You'll find complete instructions on:
- Choosing the best varieties for your garden
- The when and how of planting irises
- Coaxing more blooms from each plant
- Dividing rhizomes
- Controlling pests safely
- Creating your own hybrids