Perennials & Biennials

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  • Iris ‘Monsignor’ syn. Anne’s Iris Z 4-8

    Classic purple iris with sunny throat and white stripes on the beard, blossoms in late May to early June

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    Classic purple iris with sunny throat and white stripes on the beard,  blossoms in late May to early June

    Size: 15" x 8"
    Care: moist well-drained soil in full to part sun

    This Iris was growing in the gardens when we moved to Heritage Flower Farm in 1992.    The property has been owned continuously by the Patterson family from 1880 until 1992.  Anne Patterson began gardening here in 1927 as a young bride, so I call these “Anne’s Iris.”  In June, 2003 Anne turned 104 years old.  She passed away on August 1, 2003.  Hybridized by French nursery Vilmorin-Andrieux et Cie, a legendary seed house started in late 1700’s.  Some firm members specialized in Irises from the 1880’s.  The firm introduced ‘Monsignor’ in 1907, one of its earlier hybrids.

  • Iris ‘Wabash’ Z 5-8

    Pure white standards with deep violet falls edged in white

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    Pure white standards with deep violet falls edged in white in late May-early June.

    Size: 24" x 8"
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.

    Hybridized by Williamson in 1936. Dykes award (best iris) winner 1940.

  • Iris ‘Polar King’ Z 4-8

    Pure white with yellow center, vigorous reblooming iris.

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    Pure white with yellow center, vigorous reblooming iris.  Blooms spring and again, spectacularly, in fall.

    Size: 34”x8” Vigorous & spreads by rhizomes.
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. In July-August lift & divide every 2 to 3 years; discard mushy rhizomes.
    Awards: 1st rebloomer awarded American Iris Society Award of Merit

    Iris is named after the Greek goddess who accompanied the souls of women to the Elysian fields by way of the rainbow.  Her footprints left flowers the colors of the rainbow.   Iris means “eye of heaven.” The iris is the flower of chivalry, having “a sword for its leaf and a lily for its heart.” Ruskin.   This hybrid bred by Thomas Donahue of Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts. He 1st showed it at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society flower show in October of 1931 where it won several awards.  Registered in 1939.

  • Iris cristata Crested iris Z 4-8

    Lavender, blue or white in May, ornamental foliage

    $8.75/pot

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    Lavender, blue or white in May, ornamental foliage

    Size: 6” x spreader
    Care: Part to full shade in moist well-drained soil to well-drained
    Native: Maryland to Georgia, west to Missouri

    Cherokee applied a salve of the pulverized root to ulcers and made an infusion to remedy liver ailments. 1st collected by Rev. John Banister who moved to colonial Virginia in 1678. A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants. Grown by Jefferson.

  • Iris domestica syn. Belamcanda chinensis Blackberry lily Z 5-10

    Orange spotted flowers in summer followed by black seed clusters

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    Orange spotted flowers in summer followed by black seed clusters

    Size: 18-36”x 10”
    Care: sun, moist well drained soil
    Native: China and Japan

    The Blackberry lily was cultivated in China as a medicinal plant as long ago as 120 B.C.  It was introduced to England from China in 1823.  Jefferson grew this at Monticello.
    The root of the Blackberry Lily, Belamcanda chinensis, a member of the Iris family which produces attractive lily-like flowers, is known as the Chinese herb She-gan. Seeds of the plant were collected by Jesuit missionaries in China and sent to Europe by the 1730s. It was cultivated in Linnaeus’  botanical garden in Uppsala by 1748, and in English gardens by at least 1759. The plant was known in American gardens as early as 1825.

  • Iris ensata syn. Iris kaempferi Japanese iris. Called Hana-shôbu in Japan Z. 5-8

    White to reddish purple flowers in early summer  

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    White to reddish purple flowers in early summer

    Size: 2’ x 9”
    Care: moist acidic soil in full sun
    Native: China, Korea and Japan
    Awards: England’s Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Grown in Japanese gardens for at least 1200 years (since 8th century) as a marginal aquatic plant. A symbol for beautiful women and used to dye fabric. Introduced to the west in 1690’s by Englebert Kaempfer, physician to Dutch East India Co. on Deschema Island, off the coast of Japan. “The Garden” May 20, 1876: “For many of the most beautiful varieties we are indebted to Dr. von Siebold, the celebrated German botanist, at Leyden.”

  • Iris florentina Florentine iris, White flag Z 3-9

    Sweetly fragrant, tall, soft white bearded iris

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    Sweetly fragrant, tall, soft white bearded iris with beards of yellow,flowering in June

    Size: 24-30” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Italy and southern France

    English herbalist John Gerard grew it by 1596.  Grown in the Eichstätt Garden, the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria, c. 1600.   Its rhizome is the source of dried orris root. Dig in late summer, peel, chop, dry, age, and then grind into a powder which is a scent fixative for perfumes and potpourris and flavoring for Chianti wine. Orris root has a violet-like aroma. Add powder directly to potpourris. Mix with oil prior to adding to perfumes.

  • Iris graminea Grass-leaved iris, Plum-scented iris Z 4-8

    Charming beardless spuria iris of purple styles, violet falls and ivory hafts with purple veins, blooming in June below the gras-like foliage

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    Charming beardless spuria iris of purple styles, violet falls and ivory hafts with purple veins, blooming in June below the gras-like foliage

    Size: 9-16” x 9-16”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil
    Native: from Spain to Russia & Caucasus in Asia. But now endangered in Czechoslovakia and extinct in Germany.
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

    Graminea means grass. Common name of Plum-scented for its fruity, plum fragrance. In gardens since at least 1568. Planted at Cambridge Botanic Garden in 1733.