Perennial beauty

A backdrop of yellow ‘Carolina Moonlight’ false indigo blooms brings out the soft, creamy yellow standards of this tall bearded iris. Fragrant ‘Ominous Stranger’ is a vigorous grower, with multiple flowers per stem.

False indigo takes time to get established, so be patient. Once it takes off, a long taproot makes transplanting a challenge, so choose your planting spot carefully. As long as soil is well-drained, both false indigo and tall bearded iris can tolerate a wide range of soils.

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Meet the plants

A‘Carolina Moonlight’ false indigo (Baptisia hybrid) Perennial; yellow from late spring to early summer; full sun to part shade; 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1

B‘Ominous Stranger’ tall bearded iris (Iris hybrid) Perennial; creamy yellow standards with purple- and brown-speckled falls from mid- to late spring; full sun; 24 to 36 in. tall, 12 to 15 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1

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