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Enjoying Purple Irises in Your Garden - A Gallery
Purple Irises - A Favorite to Grow
Purple irises have so much beauty, and there are so many varieties of purples to choose from. From deep royal purples to lavenders, to magenta ones, you could never tire of the purple irises out there. This is what I learned after growing my purple irises, that really are more of a periwinkle blue when I think about it.
So for iris collectors and gardeners everywhere, there is a purple out there that is for you. Even if your favorite colored iris is say yellow or apricot colored, then purples and blues will come in handy so that your favorite ones will "pop" with color all the more.
Photos of Purple Iris
Photo 1 - A deep and elegant "royal" purple, as I call it. I love the little "beard" that we see on the petals there too, along with the waves on the petals. This is one of the beautiful bearded iris, and I have written about those before. Simply put, they are about my favorite kind of iris. Their beauty is hard to beat.
Photo 2 - This gorgeous, dark purple iris has the sun shining through it so you can see the richness of the color it has. Its so pretty, is all I can say really. Do notice the golden "beard" on this bearded iris. That adds just a perfect amount of contrast, not that this beauty needed any help.
Photo 3 - I love seeing others enjoy the gardens too. In this particular photo there are many purple and lavender iris growing all together. So I liked the examples of how they were shown together.
Photo 4 - Now this iris is of a different kind, and is a Siberian Iris I believe. The intricate designs seem to take it a step further than some of the Siberian iris that I am familiar with, however. It has even more beauty, if that were possible. The delicate design and patterns are just gorgeous. Walking through the garden, I nearly missed this altogether. I happened to look over my shoulder and had to back track to go back and see this one. So glad I did. These can be found in Chinese and Japanese Gardens especially, I have noticed. They grow great anywhere however, or just about anywhere, especially once established.
Photo 5 - This beautiful iris has a bit more pink in its coloring. I find it to be absolutely gorgeous. Its to the point, I wouldn't mind having an all purple iris garden of all the different shades and hues that they come in. Each one seems to be more beautiful than the next. So you know they would compliment each other, or that is my opinion anyway.
Photo 6 - Purple Iris with creamy colors, and some blues or periwinkles. I absolutely love them all together.
Photo 7 - - More rich purple iris colors here, with a bit of warmth added to the purple as compared with say, photo 1. Nature comes up with some amazing things!
Photos 8 & 9 - More purples here, along with some other multi-colored purples that compliment each other. The last photo, photo 9 has almost an iridescence in part, on part of the petals. Its hard to describe it, and hopefully you can see it there. The more light on it the more you can usually see. Its as if a bit of "warmth" of color, if that were possible were tossed in the mix. This would have been the result, and its so beautiful to me.
** I think the thing I love most about bearded irises is that they are just such majestic, beautiful flowers that make a huge statement in the garden. Their flowing, gorgeous petals seem to be like a wave on the sea. I have a neighbor that grows a variety of colors every year. I literally love driving by when they are in bloom, they are heavenly to behold.