Grand Canyon Sunset Tall Bearded Iris

Grand Canyon Sunset Tall Bearded Iris

Iris germanica 'Grand Canyon Sunset'


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Award-winning color and breathtaking form make 'Grand Canyon Sunset' a standout in any setting. Whether you are growing this Tall Bearded Iris for garden enjoyment or cutflower beauty, you will be delighted by its rich play of color and form.

This 2011 introduction (and winner of an award from the American Iris Society) offers a combination of gold standards and lavender-pink falls with an orange reverse. The beards are also orange, punctuating the bloom perfectly. A unique and breathtaking display!

And each bud on 'Grand Canyon Sunset' is either double- or triple-socketed, bringing you multiple blooms. Expect up to several dozen flowers from each stem on this amazing Iris!

'Grand Canyon Sunset' comes by its beauty and garden vigor honestly; it is the descendant of 'Lovely Senorita' x 'Millennium Sunrise.' These varieties each sport larger-than-usual blooms and exceptional coloring

Expect 'Grand Canyon Sunset' to flower in late spring or early summer (depending on your location). Like all Tall Beardeds, it loves full sun everywhere but the deep South, and once established is quite drought tolerant. Nibbling animals leave it alone, and this Iris is virtually trouble-free, requiring only divison every few years to maintain its bloomability.

Use 'Grand Canyon Sunset' as a succession planting to daffodils in the sunny border; its lush foliage will hide the browning stems of the spring-blooming bulb, and the two will naturalize beautifully together. Daylilies also make fine companions. Zones 3-8.



Planting:

Space according to ultimate size. Choose a good garden soil, high in organic matter that will help keep ample moisture available to the roots. The location should be sunny or partly shaded, the latter being preferable in dry areas.

If the pH of your soil is too high (alkaline), it can be reduced (made more acidic) by the addition of one tablespoon or more of Aluminum Sulfate per plant – this will make your flowers a deeper blue.


Maintenance:

An annual mulch of compost is beneficial. In very cold or exposed locations, “hill” up the soil and mulch the base of the plant with pine needles or leaves. Most species require little pruning except the removal of dead flower heads after blooming or in early spring.

For H. arborescens, prune the previous year’s flowering wood to the ground in early spring. For H. macrophylla (H. hortensis) and H. serrata, thin out two- or threeyear- old flowering shoots at ground level to promote vigorous new growth. H.petiolaris should be pruned only for aesthetics.


Zones:

Zones various

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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.