Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris

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If you're looking for a stunning Iris that knows how to mind its manners, you'll adore the Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Finishing School'). You'll find yourself saying "Yes, please", to this well-dressed, proper, top-of-the-class Bearded Iris!

You'll think you're dreaming when you find your garden awash with peach, pink, violet, and orange in early spring. This polite Iris knows how to please with its array of colors. It unfurls peachy-pink falls that are edged in mauve and striped with purple veins. Of course, finishing school taught this Iris good posture and to not slouch. Its stems stand tall even with its weighty blooms!

The Finishing School beauty also looks like it is wearing a party hat with its frilly purple standards and tangerine beards! You'll also find the Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris's scent is more than polite! This soft and subtle sweet fragrance is a gentle reminder of just how lovely this Iris is.

It's so sweet, Hummingbirds and butterflies will line up to ask your Finish School Iris to the dance. While beneficial pollinators love this plant, you'll appreciate that rabbits and deer don't prefer Bearded Iris rhizomes. The ample sword-shaped green foliage liven up your garden long after the flowers fade. Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 9, these plants grow about 3 feet in height and 1-2 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Where do you plant a flower this showy? The triple blend of pastel colors means Finishing School Iris is the best focal point and the most brilliant specimen plant! Showing off in the Cottage Garden mixed perennial border, and Rock Garden, turning any landscape bed into a pollinator and cut flower garden!

This early-blooming perennial is perfectly paired with other Irises that bloom a little earlier and later in spring, extending your enjoyment of these unique fleurs-de-lis-style blooms longer each spring and early summer! Any peachy, purple, and orange flowering perennials look great standing beside these well-mannered blooms!

Somewhere you can admire it. Plant a line of Finishing School Tall Bearded Irises along your driveway or path to your front door. Create a show for the neighborhood with a mass planting in your sun-soaked yard. Plant a drift along your home's foundation, along your driveway, or en masse where they readily naturalize.

Not everyone has the room for big displays, and these showy tri-colored blooms fit into small space gardens, container gardens, and mixed planters, while small courtyards in the sun gain brilliant focal points that won't sacrifice space!

  • Violet, Mauve & Peach Wavy Petals & Orange Beards
  • A Dazzling Display of Wide Falls & Tall Standards
  • Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds - Deer, Rabbit & Squirrel Resistant!
  • Fragrant Cut Flowers & Beautiful Container Thrillers
  • Beds & Borders, Easy Mass Plantings & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

To provide the best conditions for your Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris, plant it in a sunny spot. It will also do well in partial sun and prefers well-drained soil. Plant this Bearded Iris in late summer in a mound of soil with its rhizome partially exposed. Water it deeply and it will root within just a few weeks.

All plants appreciate a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over their roots, especially Iris rhizomes prefer only to be partially covered. Prune your Iris foliage back in late fall near the ground and cover it with an additional layer of mulch. The German Iris will be ready to divide and thin after about two to three years. You don't have to worry about rabbits or deer munching on them either.

Information About Bare Root Iris

Bare root Iris are shipped as nice fresh-cut divisions with two to three fans of green tops. Keep in mind each Iris variety can have slightly different-sized roots When you plant your Tall Bearded Iris rhizome, mound up soil and leave the top 1/3rd of the rhizome exposed.

Note, that it's best to cover the rhizome with a thin layer of mulch or leaves to protect it during the coldest months but make sure to uncover in the spring. Water well for the first year. Irises are best planted from late summer into fall.

  • Full Sun & Afternoon Shade
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Relatively Drought-Tolerant Once Established
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Prune Back in Late Autumn
  • Easy to Care For & Reliable Perennial

If you want an iris that is sure to impress you and everybody else, you need a Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris. This boldly colored charmer is a winner in finishing school and your garden. So, order yours today, and you'll find yourself saying, "thank you!" every time it blooms. Order a Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris today at!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Finishing School Tall Bearded Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris germanica 'Finishing School'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Mauve, Violet & Peach
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes