Jun 12th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Iris Ensata

Photos and text by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

iris opening

Iris detail.

One question we get asked a lot here at the Garden is, “What’s in bloom?”  We don’t want you to miss any of your favorite blooms, so we are constantly updating our Twitter feed, Instagram, Facebook page and of course our blog.

But did you know that we also have a slideshow of highlights of blooms by month? This is a great resource if you are planning an event or a wedding at the Garden and wonder what might be in bloom at a particular time. The truth is, it can change from year to year.  For example, this year, the Iris ensata have been later than typical due to a cooler spring. The daylilies, on the other hand, are running a bit behind.  In fact, this weekend is the Richmond Area Daylily Society Show and Sale hosted here at the Garden, even though daylilies are just starting to bloom.

Mother Nature can be fickle.

Circling back around…..This week the Iris ensata are at their peak. We’ve got so many different cultivars, I couldn’t capture them all, but here’s a sampling. You’ll want to see these beauties in person though, the photography just can’t do them justice.

iris gold bound

Iris ensata ‘Gold Bound’

iris ise

Iris ensata ‘Ise’

iris pin stripe

Iris ensata “Pin Stripe’

iris reign of glory

Iris ensata ‘Reign of Glory’

iris sibirica super ego

Iris sibirica ‘Super Ego’

iris ensata lady in waiting

Iris ensata ‘Lady in Waiting’

iris glowing

Glowing iris in the Flagler Garden.

iris water

Iris sibirica ‘Super Ego’ the waterfall just adds to the experience.

iris detail

Iris sibirica ‘Super Ego’ detail.

iris ensata lady in waiting

Iris ensata ‘Lady in Waiting’


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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