Welcome to Iris City Gardens
This is our ninteenth catalog and we very much appreciate each and every one of you for making it possible.
No weather-related disasters in 2012 but a very warm early spring really changed our bloom times. Peak bearded bloom for us is usually early May but was just past mid-April in 2012. It was a good bloom, just much earlier than usual. As I write this in mid-January, our temperatures are much more like our normal winters. Hopefully this will continue but you are welcome to give us a call early April to check on the bloom.
We encourage you to visit during our open gardens to see the plants in person and enjoy our beautiful country farm. You're welcome to bring a lunch. We have picnic tables and supply the lemonade.
No new introductions this year but we're growing and evaluating a number of new beauties. Check back with us in 2014.
Beardless iris are easy to grow and are not very troubled by pests or disease. Their grass-like foliage is attractive all during the growing season and, of course, the blooms are fantastic. Most like a slightly acid soil and welcome the mulch that helps control weeds and hold in moisture. They are very good for use near, and in some cases in, ponds and streams. The bearded iris prefer relatively dry conditions and a less rich soil. Our inclination is also to carry the older iris (see History), which we have found to be hardier and more disease resistant than many of the newer varieties.
This catalog lists approximately 550 varieties of iris, including many not listed in our 2012 catalog. We now grow over 1,300 different plants including over 900 iris, 250 daylilies, 130 peonies and many other perennials. We offer garden sales of pond plants, including water lilies, and potted varieties of iris, daylilies, peonies and other perennials for Spring planting. Otherwise, we ship bare-root bearded iris beginning mid July and beardless iris starting in September.
Our gardening year begins with a booth at the annual Nashville Lawn and Garden Show, a plant lovers paradise in early March, coming just in time to save you from the winter blahs. This year it will be held February 28 to March 3 and it's well worth a long drive to attend. Lots of vendors selling great products and the gardens just have to be seen to be believed.
Macey and Greg McCullough