Canada is known for beautiful flowers, the iris in particular. While flowers aren’t hard to grow in Canada, you will want to spend some time researching the type of flowers you want to grow and how to arrange them in your garden. You will probably want to spend some time researching the different types of irises as well so you can plant the varieties that make you the happiest.
Bearded irises are especially lovely. The word iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow. This makes a lot of sense because irises mirror the beauty of the rainbow in a spectrum of vivid colors. The colors of irises are dramatic and they make perfect cut flowers.
Once they bloom, the flowers will last for a week, and you can stagger your plantings so you have continual blooms for eight weeks. Irises usually start to bloom in late April and the blooming period ends in late June. Some varieties will even bloom again.
When you are planting your Irises, you want to make sure that they are in a spot that is going to get at least six hours of sun each day. The soil should be light and well-drained. Irises hate clay soil, so if your soil is clay, be sure to add compost or sand to it.
You want to get your Irises into the ground by the middle of August and cover them with a layer of dirt. Putting soil on top of the bulbs helps to protect them from freezing and thawing which will leave them less vulnerable to rotting. You can plant them in groups and allow at least 40 centimeters between each plant so they aren’t too crowded. Irises make a fantastic addition to any Canadian garden and their beauty is legendary.