Desert Sky Bearded Iris Collection

Our exclusive Desert Sky Bearded Iris Collection is a showcase of blooms inspired by Ghost Ranch, the home of famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe. That stunning New Mexico landscape nurtured her love of nature and inspired famous paintings. This Bearded Iris collection will bring the same southwestern inspiration to your garden, featuring blooms in a painterly palette of violet, apricot and lavender, raspberry and amber, copper, and terracotta. Collection of 5 Bearded Irises
Zones4 - 9
Deer Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Easy To Grow
Good For Cut Flowers
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height Heights vary from 35-43" tall
Mature Spread12" wide; plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
Bloom TimeMid spring to early summer then again in early fall
Shipping DetailsShipping begins the week of August 7th, 2023 Learn More…
Item Package SizeCollection of 5

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Our exclusive Desert Sky Bearded Iris Collection features five Bearded Irises inspired by the beautiful landscape of New Mexico. In a letter to her friend, artist Georgia O’Keefe shared the following sentiment of her home: “I wish you could see what I see out the window—the earth pink and yellow cliffs to the north—the full pale moon about to go down in an early morning lavender sky… pink and purple hills in front and the scrubby fine dull green cedars…It is a very beautiful world." This Bearded Iris collection captures all of these colors for display in your garden.

Our Desert Sky Bearded Iris Collection features the following selections:
  • Iris germanica ‘For Veronica’
  • Iris germanica ‘Chasing Rainbows’
  • Iris germanica ‘Dame de Coeur’
  • Iris germanica ‘Fall Fiesta’
  • Iris germanica ‘Cinque Terre’

  • Easy to grow Bearded Irises thrive in sunny spots with good drainage. Keep the top of the rhizomes exposed or even with the top of the soil. Once established, Bearded Irises are drought-tolerant, deer resistant, and rabbit resistant, and will spread and multiply when happy. Once flowers have faded, this versatile plant’s eye-catching vertical foliage will continue to enhance the perennial garden. Plant with ornamental grasses and other water-thrifty late spring bloomers such as Allium and Oriental Poppies. Lavender, Gaillardia, Echinacea, and Salvia will benefit from the striking foliage as a backdrop.

    Bulbs are subject to change due to availability. If we make substitutions, we feature bulbs with similar attributes suitable to the collection design. 
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    Item Package Size
    Collection of 5
    Common Name
    Desert Sky Bearded Iris Collection
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Light Requirements
    Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
    Flower Color
    Pink, Peach, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Mixed
    Mature Height
    Heights vary from 35-43" tall
    Mature Spread
    12" wide; plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
    Bloom Time
    Mid spring to early summer then again in early fall
    Planting Depth
    Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
    Ships As
    Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
    Soil Type
    Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
    Soil Moisture
    Waterwise, Average
    Deer Resistant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Rabbit Resistant
    Special Groups
    High Country Gardens Exclusive
    Ideal Region
    Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California, Suitable Above 7000 ft
    Planting Time
    Spring / Summer, Fall
    Ships To Canada
    Planting Guides
    Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

    Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll need the space to grow and fill in the expected area.

    Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

    Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
    ZoneShipping Status
    Zone 2Shipping begins the week of August 7th, 2023
    Zone 3Shipping begins the week of August 7th, 2023
    Zone 4Shipping begins the week of August 7th, 2023
    Zone 5Shipping begins the week of August 7th, 2023
    Zone 6Shipping begins the week of August 14th, 2023
    Zone 7Shipping begins the week of August 14th, 2023
    Zone 8Shipping begins the week of August 14th, 2023
    Zone 9Shipping begins the week of August 21st, 2023
    Zone 10Shipping begins the week of August 21st, 2023

    As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

    Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment and all items are shipping to the same address, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.

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