The Modern Southern Garden: ‘Alcazar’ Iris

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‘Alcazar’ Iris

The modern southern garden should include a variety of Irises. ‘Alcazar’ Iris is a tall bearded variety that may be identified by two distinctly different colored sets of petals. The top portion known as the standard display very pale lilac petals while the lower petals or the fall offer a rich, regal hue of purple. It is along this section of petals where you will find the bright yellow, fuzzy beards. There are many types of iris & this particular specimen was introduced in 1910. ‘Alcazar’ Iris is considered to be a perennial, meaning it will return year after year if properly cared for, & the rhizomes should be planted in full sun to partial shade for growth that ranges from two to four feet tall. The bloom time runs from mid to late spring. Iris, in general, should be  divided every three to five years to ensure the best floral show of blooms. It’s a wonderful plant to share with friends. Learn how to use these beautiful specimens when social occasions are in order.  

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How To Navigate ‘Alcazar’ Iris

Beautiful flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. Creating arrangements from these flower picks are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. ‘Alcazar’ Iris offer striking beauty. Several blooms make an elegant impact to entertaining spaces by themselves or when paired with other seasonal flowers.

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 Alcazar’ Iris make lovely yard arrangements. Their blooms are quite large so choose vases to match their scale. Alcazar’ Iris compliments a variety of old-fashioned southern favorites including Oakleaf Hydrangea & Southern Shield Fern but also consider pairing them with May Night & Velocity Blue Salvia for an ombre-style arrangement. Try placing them on mantels or gift them to friends, neighbors & family when celebrations are in order. 

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