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Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.
Shown above: Immortality iris
Thrift's tight mounds of grayish foliage and spherical pink or white flower heads are perfect companions for some of the low-growing species of iris in rock gardens.Primrose
Many primroses thrive in wet areas where water-loving iris also thrives. Earlier-blooming primroses extend the season of bloom, which is continued by the iris.Peony
The sumptuous flowers and handsome fingered foliage of peonies show off well against bearded iris flowers and sword-shape leaves.Lupine
In areas where lupines do well, the vertical spikes of flowers make a stunning picture with bearded iris. Their palmate leaves contrast well with those of iris.