Beverly Sills Tall Bearded Iris

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Beverly Sills Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Beverly Sills') features a uniform, heavily ruffled, soft and dreamy, shell pink bloom with lacy edges and impeccable form! An extremely fast grower and very heavy bloomer, Beverly Sills blooms early to mid-season in extravagant fashion! With hints of coral, salmon, orange beards, and flamingo pink, the colors can vary as the flowers open and mature.

Gather the large blooms for an extraordinary indoor arrangement and enjoy the sweet fragrance! The show continues as the flowers can rebloom later in the season! Giving you, and your Bees and butterflies an encore of dramatically ruffled edges of both the falls and flags. Backed by a flush of vertical, sword-like foliage, Bearded Iris can form groupings up to 2 feet wide, but when in flower will soar up to 3 feet on strong, waving wand-like stems.

Still one of the most sought-after Irises today, Beverly Sills is the winner of numerous awards including an Honorable Mention Award in 1981, Award of Merit in 1983, and Dykes Medal in 1985! Also known as German Iris, these are hardy throughout an impressively wide range of USDA growing zones from 3 to 10, easy-to-grow Beverly Sill's will attract pollinators and hummingbirds but is very rabbit, squirrel, and deer-resistant.

Planting and Application:

Beverly Sills was an opera diva and called "America's Queen of the Opera", and this lovely flower embodies the beauty of the famous soprano! The soft color and form of this Iris are useful in many ways throughout the sunny landscape! The romantic soft beauty is ideal for flouncy Cottage gardens, adds lacy fringe to mixed Perennial borders, and is a must-have for the cut flower garden!

Their tolerance for higher moisture means Bearded Iris can be used around pools, ponds, and the edges of water gardens, and naturalize wonderfully for use in mass plantings. It can also be used in difficult banks to prevent erosion.

However, once established, Tall Bearded Iris can be drought tolerant, so plant these gorgeous rhizomes in your Rock Garden, or less-than-ideal garden settings without worry. Even container gardens and smaller courtyards can enjoy these fragrant spring blooms that exude romance and opulence!

  • Cool & Creamy Shell-Pink Bearded & Ruffled Blooms
  • Upright Clumps of Sword-Like Green Foliage
  • Romantic Cut Flowers & Pollinator Friendly
  • Great in Containers, Groupings & Rows
  • Soft Hue For Cottage & Perennial Gardens & Mixed Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

German Iris rhizomes prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but will tolerate some afternoon shade. This Iris needs plenty of water throughout the season to continue to look its best. Bearded Iris are easy to grow and become drought tolerant and self-sufficient once established. All plants appreciate a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over their roots, especially Iris rhizomes prefer only to be partially covered.

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 planting, ensure 1/3rd of the rhizome is exposed to sunlight with the roots buried underneath. Note, that it's best to cover the rhizome with a thin layer of mulch or leaves to protect them during the coldest months but make sure to uncover in the spring.

  • Full Sun & Afternoon Shade
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Rich Soil
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Trim Stems in Late Autumn
  • Deer, Rabbit & Squirrel Resistant

Add some soft shell-pink ruffles to your landscape with the exquisite Beverly Sills Tall Bearded Iris today! Nature Hills will ship your plants or bareroot rhizomes at the proper planting time for your growing zone!

Buying Options for Plants

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.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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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Beverly Sills Tall Bearded Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-10
Growing Zones 3-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris germanica 'Beverly Sills'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 30 - 36 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Coral to Shell Pink
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes