Names of flowers: A = Calibrachoa, B = Iris, C = Osteospermum, D = Sweet Pea

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Container Garden Recipes: A = Calibrachoa, B = Iris, C = Osteospermum, D = Sweet Pea

Container Garden Recipes: A = Calibrachoa, B = Iris, C = Osteospermum, D = Sweet Pea

Container Garden Recipes: A = Calibrachoa, B = Iris, C = Osteospermum, D = Sweet Pea
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Names of flowers: A = Calibrachoa, B = Iris, C = Osteospermum, D = Sweet Pea

Image used under a creative commons licence with the kind permission of Beedle Um Bum and Flickr

Irises can be grown in containers too. In this container combination, a blue bearded iris commands attention.

A multi-tiered metal rack makes the most of the space and it becomes the support for a climbing sweet pea.

Sweet peas are an annual twining vine that blooms in early summer. They can be somewhat finicky, so if one variety doesn't do well one year, try a different one next season.

The wonderful characteristic about sweet peas is their lovely sweet scent. Sweet peas need sun to grow, but they prefer to keep their roots cool. Either place a layer of mulch on top of the potting mix, or plant them in a container with other annuals to help shade the soil.

They prefer a rich potting mix, cool temperatures and regular watering. They can get quite tall, some varieties will reach six feet or more, but they can be pinched back when plants are young to keep them bushy. Watch for slugs and snails; treat as needed.

Irises can be grown in pots. Match the size of the container to the size of the iris you want to grow. They prefer poorer soils and excellent drainage. Plant the iris rhizomes in late summer or early fall for blooms next spring.

They don't require much water or fertilizer, they seem to thrive on neglect. A single application of low nitrogen fertilizer before they bloom is all they need. Place them in full sun to part shade. There are new varieties of reblooming irises that bloom twice the same year, once in late spring, then once in fall.

The only pest that seems to wreck havoc on irises is the iris borer that destroys the rhizome. Inspect them carefully before planting.

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