A purple bearded iris
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Plant A Vibrant Garden With Bearded Iris' Flowering Companion
Bearded iris flowers are colorful perennials that don't grow taller than two feet. They pair perfectly in front of taller peonies to create a riot of color in your garden.
The two flowers often bloom at the same time, but peonies require a few years to become established before they start blooming heavily. However, the wait is more than worth it.
Bearded irises come in a huge variety of colors. Peonies don't come in quite so many colors, but their shade range includes reds, pinks, whites, and yellows.
Irises and peonies require similar soil, lighting conditions, and low-nitrogen fertilizers. They finish flowering by early summer and require staking to prevent flopping over.