Midwest Blooming Flowers

I live in the midwest & on the sides of my house there are rows of Iris's & I hate them because they only bloom once & for such a short time. I want to get rid of them. I do like that they are so full & all the greenery they provide though. Do you have any suggestions what I could put in its place that would be unique & bloom longer & be nice & full?
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Mar 26, 2012
    Rather than get rid of all your irises, Lisa, I suggest you plant some companions that will bloom at different times. As you noted, the foliage of irises can provide wonderful architectural accents in a perennial border even when the irises are not in bloom. Nepeta blooms almost forever and would look great with your irises. Other long-bloomers: achillea, or yarrow; echinacea, or coneflower; any of the true geraniums; monarda (which is also the best hummingbird attractor I know); tall garden phlox (seek out mildew-resistant cultivars like "David" and "Eva Cullum", and, of course, rudbeckia, or black-eyed susan.

  • Lisa S Lisa S on Mar 26, 2012
    I might leave some, but they are planted so close & Im not sure but I think they might multiply. Whoever did out entire yard planted everything front & sides on top of each other so we have no choice but to remove stuff. They must have planted stuff small & not realized that it was going to, ya know, grow! Lol! I'll check into your suggestions though - Thanks!!

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Mar 27, 2012
    It's very easy to want instant gratification and not leave plants the room they need to grow. I'm sure your neighbors would be happy to take some of your extras off you hands when you start digging up the excess.

    • Pat Hayes Pat Hayes on Jul 06, 2015
      @Douglas Hunt I would wager there would be long lines of folks wanting to 'take them off her hands'! Me included!

  • Pat Croley Pat Croley on Aug 12, 2015
    Yes......just go on Facebook and offer free plants.......people will flock to get them. Early fall is a good time to plant Iris too.