This Month's Featured Plant
Dwarf Crested Iris
This poem typifies April here in east Tennessee – gorgeous but unpredictable.
Two Tramps in Mudtime Robert Frost
The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off a frozen peak, And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
Dwarf crested iris is our featured plant for this month. They are stretching out their leaves now and pretty soon, their bright cheerful flowers will unfurl as well. This little ground covering iris makes its home on rich wooded slopes in much of the central eastern states. It is happy on well drained soils in mostly shade in the south and more sun in the north, where it forms a beautiful, 4” tall ground cover. It’s large flowers range in color from light purple to blue to white, with yellow and white markings in their centers. Dwarf crested iris is very easy to grow. It expands directly in relation to the quality of your soil. The better your soil conditions, the faster it spreads. You can never have too much of this carefree harbinger of spring. Dwarf crested iris carpets the sides of many trails in the Smoky Mountains. It is a sight you will never forget. Plant it along with other wildflowers like woodland phlox, celandine poppies, and foamflower. What a beautiful combination. more info
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