Yesterday I noticed the African Iris (Dietes vegeta) in my back garden was awash with buds. I'm really fond of the look of the plants with buds signaling a most certain burst of blooms to come at the next sunrise. That's how it goes with these wonderful maintenance free perennials.
We got a fairly nice rain through out the night last night. When the dawn came it wasn't sunny but still very overcast.
Looking out my kitchen window I have a clear view of several spots of African Iris planted in strategic places. They are easily transplanted by digging up any part of the existing plant- just be sure to include the roots. I even put them in containers to add height and interest.
Mention the flower iris, and the first one that comes to mind is the bearded iris- but not in Central Florida. Bearded iris doesn’t bloom here due to the heat. You could even think of African Iris as more like a grass than an iris.
In my view, it offers an incredibly wonderful vertical texture for the landscape with its spreading fans of stiff, leathery sword-shaped evergreen leaves. You could even say it is graceful in appearance. It’s a mainstay perennial at Hoe and Shovel that spreads on creeping rhizomes. Its flowering stalks rise above the greenery to bloom in a succession of short-lived blossoms throughout the year. Mine slow down towards the end of summer and start their on-again, off-again show in December anytime we get a good soaking rain and cooler temps. They are drought tolerant but do especially well in full sun and moist soil.
The blooms that greeted me this fine spring morning will all have faded away in about 48 hours and then another round of blooms will show up in about a week and on and on it goes...