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These Beautiful Plants Will Pair Perfectly With Your Garden's Irises
Bearded irises grow up to 3 feet and peonies even taller. Both are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, need well-draining soil and lots of sun, and bloom in spring and early summer.
Irises and alliums bloom at the same time and need full sun and well-draining soil. Many varieties of allium are drought-tolerant like irises, making them an ideal pairing.
The dainty yellow forsythia blooms contrast beautifully with purple iris varieties. Both bloom early in spring and need similar growing conditions, like direct sun.
Lavender repels aphids and other bugs, so growing it alongside irises helps protect them, as aphids spread most iris diseases, like the iris severe and mild mosaic viruses.
Daffodils bloom early in spring and irises slightly after. Plant a row of daffodils in front of a row of irises for a structured look, or mix them for a wildflower effect.