Native Plants for Spring in Maryland
Dwarf Crested Iris
Dwarf Crested Iris is fast-spreading. In the early spring it boasts lovely flowers ranging from pale-blue to lavender. It’s low-growing habit makes for a great ground cover. It does well in shade as well as sun, though full-sun areas will need consistently moist soil for it to thrive. A great plant for shade, rock and woodland gardens.
Iris cristata is a great choice for early spring color in a woodland or shade garden. I also like to use it as a ground cover or edger for those tricky sites where shade and deer are an issue. – Jessica
These are such a lovely little burst of spring color! I use them in a variety of light conditions in my own garden and really appreciate how the leaves provide interest after the flowers fade. Ferns, Heuchera, Tiarella, and our native sedum (Sedum ternatum) make great companions in the shade and part-shade. — Amy
I like to use Iris cristata in rain gardens and other locations with moist soil. The flowers are great for early pollinators and fall under the category of spring blooming shade plants. Deer usually don’t eat them! Lauren