Irises, of course, are one of the most spectacular plants that can be used to decorate water bodies. Streams or ponds, on the banks of which at least one iris flaunts, look more structured and thoughtful. Indeed, luxurious xiphoid foliage and elegant flowers always and everywhere stand out well. Today in the landscaping of the reservoir began to use even completely "non-water" irises. But for them, and for genuine moisture-loving stars, you need to carefully select partners.Irises
Irises in the design of the pond
In the design of reservoirs use a variety of irises. Today, not only beardless Siberian and marsh irises are planted on the shore, but also bearded, and even dwarf irises.
The former preserve the beauty of the leaves all season and are attractive not only during flowering, they are used as hygrophilous species in the design of pond zones close to the coast, and not only on the coast itself. But dwarf and bearded irises are the stars of the coast, where they are necessarily placed on embankments and in areas where there is no risk of overmoistening.
Any iris planted in shallow water, in a swampy zone or on a dry shore, can become the main star in the design of water bodies. These plants here look even more spectacular than on flower beds in the garden, because the natural transitions and typical plants around are as if created in order to reveal the beauty of the irises themselves.
True, everything is not so simple when it comes to finding truly successful solutions for the presentation of irises at a reservoir. Irises really always and everywhere stand out. But sometimes this is not enough to fit into the situation. In the matter of landscaping ponds for irises, you need to choose partners so as to create an environment, a background that can reveal all their advantages and at the same time make a harmonious part of the whole landscape.
To isolate, not isolate, emphasize and at the same time combine with plants in deep water and shallow water, with lush coastal plantings - the task is not as simple as it might seem.
Partner Groups for Iris
The favorites among partners for irises are plants with a completely different character, with the help of which you can create a feeling of textural diversity, contrasts, tiers and unbanal structure of compositions.Irises and plants are partners at the decorative pond.
Conventionally, all partners for irises near ponds can be divided into three groups:
- Plants that can counter dense, beautiful sods of narrow and long leaves, tiered inflorescences, strict forms and large leaves.
- Plants with a pronounced lace character.
- Cultures with similar sods but smaller leaves.
10+ ideal partners for irises by the pond
Fine-toothed primula (Primula denticulata)
This plant is for the foreground. Its bright velvet leaves in rosettes seem to be called to draw attention to the foliage of irises. This species of primrose was famous for its spherical inflorescences, capable of competing in beauty with decorative bows, but much more dense and bright.
Reaching a height of only 30 cm, the fine-toothed primrose forms rosettes of wrinkled, wide leaves (the diameter of the bushes is equal to the height), which do not fade after flowering, but continue to grow and develop. Peduncles up to 20 cm high are crowned with spherical heads of purple, lilac, white or red flowers. Inflorescences up to 10 cm in diameter. This species usually blooms in April.
Primrose Japanese (Primula japonica)
Unlike fine-toothed, this primrose is better to land on the same plane with irises. After all, its main advantage is tiered inflorescences that can give irises "solidity".
This is one of the easiest to grow candelabra primrose, forming a spectacular rosette of scapular, up to 20 cm in length, leaves. Raspberry flowers, with a bright spot in the center, with a diameter of up to 2 cm, are collected in multi-tiered "candelabra" of inflorescences up to half a meter high. This species blooms later, in May-June, from the bottom up.Irises in combination with primrose
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
Herbaceous perennial with fleshy straight shoots up to 40 cm high, regular bud-shaped leaves with a glossy surface and a rich, unusual color. Basal leaves - up to 20 cm in diameter, sit on fleshy petioles. Flowers in inflorescences inflorescence on long peduncles in the axils of the upper leaves, they are blindingly yellow or golden, catchy, especially effective against the background of dark leaves.
This plant looks lush and lace, but its main advantage is a bright, rich color, so unlike the restrained tones of the irises themselves. The dazzling background of the leaves of the hedgehog becomes even more compelling when the plant blooms. This is one of the best partners in the foreground.Blooming marigold combined with foliage of irises.
Loosestrife monetized (Lysimachia nummularia)
Another sun-bright miracle that can favorably emphasize and shade the beauty of irises. Bright, unusual foliage and yellow flowering - these are two factors that make it related to the calendula. But, of course, these plants with radically different character.
This is a herbaceous perennial, thanks to creeping shoots perfectly coping with the role of groundcover. The stems are up to 60 cm long, the leaves are opposite, up to 2 cm long, almost perfectly round, coin-shaped. The flowers are solitary, growing from the axils of the leaves, literally shining with a bright yellow color of five petals.Loosestrife monetized under an iris bush
Hosta lanceolate (Hosta lancifolia)
A compact view of a host up to 40 cm high, constantly expanding in breadth (usually forms a half-meter outlet). The leaves are dense and glossy, fairly narrow and medium-sized, up to 17 cm long and 8 cm wide, oval-lanceolate. Lilac funnel-shaped flowers in loose inflorescences look amazing, bloom from August to October, turning the lanceolate host into one of the most late-flowering species.
The white-edged form of this hosta is especially good for highlighting compositions, but simple varieties also set the point of attraction of the gaze, stabilize and balance the compositions, give massiveness and structure, but at the same time they surprise with beautiful flowering. It is better to use this plant not in the foreground, but where the effect of eye-catching is obvious.
Hosta swollen (Hosta ventricosa)
One of the most interesting types of hosts with late, July-August flowering. But not her drooping, up to 5 cm long lilac inflorescences are so appreciated in the choice of partners for irises, but large, heart-shaped leaves, bluish-matte, up to 25 cm in length and almost the same width. They perfectly emphasize the beauty of the leaves of the irises themselves. Although more than a meter tall inflorescences look very impressive next to irises.
Hosta Siebold (Hosta sieboldiana)
The host conquers this popular species primarily with its bluish-colored leaves. Large, even massive, they offer to create a stunningly spectacular contrast with the leaves of irises and as if arrange, subordinate any composition to a certain rhythm.
Broad-hearted leaves with a dense texture and a waxy coating show off with a play of blue shades and prominent veins, grow to a length of 35 cm with a width of about 20-25 cm. Funnel-shaped, up to 6 cm long flowers with a pale, almost white light lilac color are collected in a fairly dense inflorescences. This species blooms in July.The combination of leaf texture in the composition of irises, hosts, astilbe and geyhera.
Stonecrop (Sedum acre)
Perennial with rising stems and fleshy thick leaves is one of the best ground cover succulents. Unusual inflorescences, with almost sedentary flowers of a bright golden color, transform this plant, turning it into a bright spot.
Despite its drought tolerance, stonecrop is often used today to decorate rocky shores and screes near water bodies, fully appreciating its ability to create natural transitions and soft bright spots as a landscape groundcover. The "flat" stains of stonecrop in the foreground seem to highlight bright irises in the design of the shores.Foliage of irises in combination with groundcover
Hybrid daylily (Hemerocallis x hybrida)
A plant that, echoing irises in leaf shape and type of curtains, is able to perfectly balance them. But on flowering daylily suggests adding spectacular contrast to irises in the form of a large-flowered perennial.
Rhizome herbaceous perennials with broad-linear, whole basal leaves in lush curtains, daylilies constantly grow and form a stunningly beautiful picture. On high peduncles, funnel-shaped flowers in loose inflorescences bloom for just one day. Hybrid varieties have a huge selection of sizes (from miniature to large) and colors. And all without exception daylilies do not lose their universality.Variegated irises combined with blooming daylilies
European hoof (Asarum europaeum)
Another groundcover that looks great next to irises. An evergreen herbaceous perennial with creeping rhizome and shoots creates a very beautiful canopy of large bud-shaped leaves. The blooming of the hoof in April and May is almost inconspicuous, but the beauty of the leaves is enough to place beautiful texture spots in the shady places around the irises and combine them with other partners.Iris framed by European Clefthoof
Astilbe Arends (Astilbe gr.Arendsii)
The most spectacular group of these beautifully flowering perennials up to 1 m high. The plant develops in the form of a sprawling rounded or pyramidal bush. Twice or thrice cirrus leaves with intense color create an excellent background for stunning inflorescences-brushes, consisting of thousands of small flowers. Astilba's palette includes red, pink, lilac, white options in a variety of shades.
The lush flowering of the astilbe with its lacy foam of inflorescences on the shore lasts especially long. It is as if a lace cloud sets off the beauty of any irises and is one of the best large partners for these perennial starsBlooming astilbe on a background of iris leaves
Iris preferences when choosing partners
When choosing partners, it is worth considering that each iris has its own preferences for "neighbors":
- For Siberian Iris - Japanese primrose, Japanese host, daylily.
- For the iris of the swamp - the host, astilbe, daylily and Japanese primrose.
- For the bearded and dwarf irises growing on the shore, stonecrops, hoofs, daylilies and hosts are selected as partners.