Dance and Sing Siberian Iris
These oversized blooms have petaloid arms held straight up, primrose standards, and dark yellow falls. The overall impression is of layers of chiffon, the shades just one grade different from each other. Long-lasting and beautifully formed, these are superb cutflowers, but stand out so well in the garden you may hate to remove them even for the vase!
The flowers arise in late spring and early summer on tall, sturdy plants 30 to 36 inches high. They may offer an encore in late summer, less profuse but still very showy, and most welcome at that bleak time of year in the sunny garden.
Siberian Iris is a low maintenance perennial, content in consistently moist to damp soils. You can divide it easily every few years into even more plants, gradually acquiring a large and thriving colony!
'Dance and Sing' was introduced in 2002 by Schafer-Sacks. It remains a favorite in the yellow family, and we are honored to make it available to you this season. Zones 4-9.
|Variety||'Dance and Sing'|
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|Plant Height||2 ft 6 in - 3 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Needs Deadheading, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions|
|Bloom Color||Light Yellow|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained, Wet|
|Resistance||Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.