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Wrong Iris Colour

didywdidyw Posts: 3,186
Such a disappointment when you wait and wait for a bulb to flower only to find that it is not the colour expected when it does.  I planted Iris Autumn Princess last autumn and planned this little bed around it, but instead of it being the nice rusty orange as depicted in all of the pictures from all of the nurseries it turns out to be an acid yellow/chartreuse kind of colour. Nice of itself, but it doesn't go - should I pull it out? Now? Let it finish flowering then put elsewhere? 

Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,556
    Let it finish flowering. Some flowers change colour as they age.
    This site shows it having the bronze colour that you have, rather than the orange.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,186
    Thanks @JennyJ - if I had seen that pic before ordering I would never have ordered it!

    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,362
    I know how disappointing it can be when plants turn out differently than pictured. I have to say I rather like the way they look in your border. They stand out a bit more than the other ones would have done. Instead of intensifying the orange of the wallflowers, they tone it down. And I think they work better with the white as well.
  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 699
    edited June 2021
    I too like the colour combination of orange, yellow and white and personally would prefer the current yellow ones in this location. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I agree with Pitter-patter & Big Blue Sky, it's helping to also link the colours of the Geum too. You should never have high hopes on colours if you are just looking at photos. Always best to have seen the real plants to be on the safe side.
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