By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener
New plant introductions grow in harmony alongside historic varieties throughout Wanda Lunn’s lush gardens in Cedar Rapids.
Lunn stays on top of the latest eye-catching plant releases, while maintaining a Historic Iris Preservation Society display garden, rich in iris varieties 30 years or older.
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“If they’ve been around 30 years, they can grow in anyone’s yard,” Lunn said, pointing out plants dating to the 1920s and even older, such as the 1898 Caprice, a bearded, lavender-colored iris.
One iris, previously thought to have vanished, grows near a griffin statue in Lunn’s garden. The tri-colored ‘Romance’ iris was discovered next to a barn in Massachusetts and found its way to Lunn, who planted it in her Iowa garden, where it now thrives.
Lunn’s expertise goes beyond the 230 iris varieties she grows. Her half-acre yard also includes 296 varieties of lilies, 230 types of daylilies, 40 martagons, 32 peonies – including one grown by her great-grandmother – and 30 varieties of clematis, along with hosta and other perennials.
See more of this story and photos in the July/August 2017 edition of the Iowa Gardener magazine. Find extensive information on gardening in Iowa by subscribing to the Iowa Gardener.
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