A true water-loving plant, Louisiana iris grows in up to 4 inches of water. ‘Black Gamecock’ is a variety that opens 4- to 6-inch blooms with deep purple petals marked with a brilliant gold stripe. It’s an award winning variety that’s ultra-easy to grow. Plants multiply rapidly in ideal growing conditions. Despite the name, Louisiana iris is hardy as far north as Maine. Look for varieties with flowers in many hues, including purple and blue shades, red, white, yellow and brown. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
A favorite reason gardeners cherish some plants is that they remind us of good people in our lives. This Louisiana iris was given by an old horticulture professor, who simply dug up a plant from his own garden and cut its thick rhizomes into short bits, each with a swollen leaf bud. Iris rhizomes can be stored for awhile, but to avoid rot and slug damage, plant so the top of each rhizome slightly above ground, and avoid heavy mulches.
This Louisiana home features the architectural style of A. Hays Town. To compliment the home, specific materials, like reclaimed brick, limestone and stucco are used in the outdoor space. The vegetation includes a mixture of trimmed boxwood hedges, ferns, and azaleas, as well as a variety of other broad-leafed plants.
Inspired by the Louisiana architecture of A. Hays Town, this project replicates a Louisiana courtyard in the midst of this creekside estate. A pool is the centerpiece of the design and is anchored by an antique brick-clad spa. Boxwood hedges, ferns and azaleas add life to the space.
Inspired by the Louisiana architecture of A. Hays Town, the reclaimed brick spa, was specifically purposed to replicate a courtyard fountain. A copper-screened cabana house includes an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and temperature controls for year-round comfort.
In this renovated Louisiana kitchen featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, the curved countertop has been removed to provide the space with easy access to the family room. To create a more elegant space, old, outdated cabinets were replaced with bright white cabinets with a crown molding and a single raised panel for a more sophisticated look.