Ruffled, lacy form!


About Town Tall Bearded Iris

Bareroot
Item # 47848
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Iris germanica 'About Town'

Vigorous and well-branched, with 10 buds per stem.
One of the best blues in the Tall Bearded Famlly is this gorgeous bi-tone violet-red! Boasting a velvety texture, nice ruffling and lacing, and bright tangerine beards to offset the two shades of purple, 'About Town' lives up to its name in elegance!

Descended from I. 'Bubble Up' x I. 'Electrique,' this Iris reaches about 40 inches high, with silver highlights on the mauve standards and a thin silver edging on the deep violet-blue falls. Magnificent!

Introduced by Barry Blyth in 1997, 'About Town' already has the status of a classic, and makes a fine companion to yellow- and orange-toned Tall Beardeds. It blooms in early midseason, and like all Tall Bearded Iris, is quite drought-tolerant once established. Deer leave this plant alone, and it spreads over time, asking only to be divided every few years. Easy to care for, beautiful, and distinctively different, 'About Town' is the rich blue you've been looking for to complete the border or cottage garden! Zones 3-8.

Genus Iris
Species germanica
Variety 'About Town'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Season Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 3 ft 4 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Rose Companions
Bloom Color Dark Purple, Lavender, Orange, Silver
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Planting:

Set plants 15 to 18 inches apart in full sun or light, dappled shade, choosing a moisture- retentive, slightly acid soil high in humus. Firm soil down thoroughly around the roots and water in well.


Maintenance:

Keep plants well-watered for the first few weeks after planting. When centers of the clump begin to die out and flower production goes down, clumps should be divided. This may occur every 6 to 8 years. When flowers have finished blooming, cut off bloom stalks. Remove dead foliage in fall.


Zones:

Zones 3-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.