When I stopped to admire the blue bearded irises in my garden this afternoon, it reminded me that I have not written about perhaps the most popular iris in the Southern Garden. I remember the white ones my mom got, a start from someone, and they never missed blooming in our yard. Well, now this beautiful blue one is tame compared to all the hybridized, bi-colors, and variations on the pastel color palette. Like most iris, they are easy to grow but the do like sun. These are really rhizomes, and as they grow over the years, their rhizomes become crowded and must be divided to keep quality and quantity blooms up. I generally divide them in late summer, but frankly this can be done anytime after they bloom. Watch for a step-by-step when mine are ready to divide in my border. Isn’t this great? We have a group of plants (the irises) that are so easy to grow and come in a variety of types.