Louisiana Iris - $12
As its name suggests, this is a water iris from the swamps of Louisiana. It is found growing in shallow water or boggy and marginal areas. This iris is evergreen and tolerates light frosts. However, I have been able to grow them in a sheltered position successfully for years in an area that gets heavy frost. I grow mine in damp areas of the garden on in pots placed in my ponds. Plants placed in the pond must have their crown above the water.
Spectacular flowers in Spring which are excellent cut for foral arrangements.
How to Harvest Iris Flowers
Harvest your flowers early in the day. Choose buds that are just beginning to open rather than flowers that are fully open. These buds will open within a few hours with the rest of the buds on the stem opening over the next couple of days. Place your flowers in a bucket of tepid water until you are ready to create your arrangement. When you are ready to arrange the iris flowers, re-cut the stems about 2cm above the original cut at an angle under water. Remove spent flowers immediately. Take care as some irises colours will bled and can stain. Check the water level of your vase often and top up as required. Replace water and recut stems every second or third day. Place your vase in an area that is cool and away from direct sunlight and drafts.