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Tall and stately, the bearded iris reigns over the garden bed with its dramatic sword-like leaves and droopy purple blossoms. Planting an iris or two in an empty front garden bed adds instant curb appeal to your home and provides a focal point for the garden.
Irises grow well in both coastal and inland regions, although they may do better in a well-drained raised bed in climates with heavy rainfall. Plant new irises anytime from midsummer until mid-October.