This predilection of iris lovers makes it unusual to see a single variety of iris in a mass planting in the garden. What a shame. There is nothing as breathtaking as a garden filled with masses of flowering irises.
Marte Hult has elevated the use of mass plantings to an artform in her Minnesota garden.
Marte has been gardening at her home since 1974. The garden came equipped with a few "noid" historic irises. (For the novice iris grower, noid means no I.D., an iris whose name is lost or unknown.) Marte's noids have proliferated since, and form the backbone of a spectacular spring display in her garden.
Sometimes a noid is the result of a nursery or gardener mix-up. This may be 'Cranberry Swirl,' or maybe it isn't. Either way, its value in the garden is unmistakable.
Marte also grows modern tall bearded and Siberian irises en masse. Here she uses 'Impressionist' tall bearded iris to excellent effect with Siberian irises.
The art of layering plants is demonstrated here by Marte's beds:
Marte with her noid yellow historics: irises that will take your breath away.
Do you have a mass planting of irises? If you get the time, take a photo of it and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put them together on this blog. We'll have a nice show of irises to keep us all going until Spring bloom.