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Welcome to Oakhill Garden. We are an independent nursery that grows and sells directly.
We normally ship beginning the 1st week of July and up until the end of September - depending on weather conditions and plant condition. We ship iris when they are dormant to lessen the shock of transplanting. This is normal procedure for all iris nurseries.
If you want them sooner please advise by adding a comment in the comment field when placing your order. We have found better success with blooming if we follow the tried and true process. Often people are eager for instant gratification but with gardening it is all a mattering of timing.
Please remember as a nursery grower, I am responsible for growing and shipping optimum plant material and these are living plants. It is not simply a matter of walking out to the warehouse shelf and picking out an item to ship. This is a very personal business between you, the nursery man, and the plant.
For those gardeners in the South West USA, including Texas and Arizona, and Nevada or Southern California, we make special cases to deliver out of the normal season because of the dry conditions you face.
But planting for all other areas of North America, it is highly recommended that you plant in the dormancy period of the plants. Especially tall-bearded iris and Siberian iris as they respond very well to transplanting after flowering.
Daylilies too, do better after flowering, but can be shipped anytime during their growing season. We try to keep your shipping prices low by shipping daylilies with iris if you have an order with both species.
Oakhill Garden Return Policy
Open your package as soon as it arrives in the mail. Carefully unwrap all plants and consult with your packing slip to be sure all plants are in the package. Note any that are missing and report them at once.
Note that sale items are not refundable such as Fiesta Mix and the 1.99 cent specials.
There is a no-return policy on all sale items which means you can not return them or get a refund. All sales are final.
All returns requests must be made as soon as possible and no later than 2 weeks after receiving the plants. Send request via email or phone. Unplack plants and check with packing slip to be sure you got the plants you ordered. We ship top quality plants true to name and of either a #1 or #2 size. Plants cannot be returned unless they are completely dead and Oakhill Garden reserves the right to replace or refund for the dead plant.
Irises are very hardy and will survive very tough conditions so that it is unlikely they are damaged during shipping.
You should plant them as soon as possible after receiving them.
We will work with you to assure that you have a great gardening experience.
Oakhill Gardens may substitute if the plant you ordered is unavailable due to crop failures and/or other problems. As always we will provide the more expensive variety as the substitution and provide the same color, height and characteristics. This is achievable due to the wide assortment and great number of plants that we have available.
If this is not OK then please indicate in your comments in your order that you do not want substitutions in which case we will not ship nor charge your card.
Growing Information FAQ
Iris plants are remarkable free of disease if grown in a healthy condition.
For more info check out the library page under diseases and remedies.
What do we sell
We grow and offer for sale an assortment of iris rhizomes. We have tall bearded
iris, intermediate border, We grow and offer for sale Siberian or beardles iris
of the highest quality. We also grow and offer for sale hybrid daylilies. We
lso offer a small selection of potted iris but suggest that these are picked
up as the shipping costs are high due to the weight of the soil in the pots.
How do we sell
We sell both at the nursery, at farmers markets in the Chicagoland area
and mail order over the Internet. You may order online securely, via mail or
email, or phone your order in now and expect your plants to be delivered via
How do we ship
We ship the most expidious method based on your choice at check out time.
How to order
You can order securely online or use the phone to order. We accept personal
cheques, money orders, Visa and MasterCard.
Do you need help to order
Phone us or email if you have any questions. Many varieties sell out early
so don't delay ordering. Delivery is assured at optimum time for healthy plants.
Full instructions are included for planting and care of your plants
Can we visit your nursery
Yes you can visit us but phone before you come to get the best bloom time.
Our map is located on the website.
The Siberian Meadow Library
Siberian Iris bridges the bloom gap from late spring into early summer. They
thrive in cool, wet conditions and full sun, but can also tolerate some shade.
Easy-care, vigorous plant forms a large clump over the years Botanical name:
Iris siberica for more information visit our library
Iris germanica “Florentina” or Orris Root.
Iris Florentina has been in cultivation for hundreds of years and is a graceful
plant that should always be included in your English Garden. It has thick rhizomatous
roots which when dried and ground up have the delicate scent of violets. Unfortunately
it can take up to three years for the roots to become fully dry and develop
their sweet smelling scent so if you wish to make your own - be warned you will
need patience! It can then also be used as a fixative for pot pourri. Other
uses of this violet scented powdered root – It has been used for hundreds of
years in the making of soaps and perfumes,and in sachets to perfume clothes
and bed linen. Today fields of Orris irises are still grown in Italy, especially
around Florence for this same purpose. Plant description Iris Florentina is
a hardy perennial with grey/green sword shaped leaves. Reaching 2 to 3 foot
(60 -1m) it flowers in late spring and early summer. The flower stems may have
two or three branches of fragrant blooms which are of the very palest blue with
a yellow beard. Plant them with annuals especially poppies and larkspur when
their contrasting foliage will set of the more delicate leaves of the surrounding
plants. Cultivation Iris Florentina likes well drained soil in a sunny spot
and benefits from a yearly helping of compost. It is easy to grow and as long
as its roots do not sit in water it will thrive - it will even put up with partial
shade if its roots are kept well drained. Propagation Divide the roots in late
spring or early autumn. Irises are not often used as cut flowers but they look
striking and will last at least three days if picked in the early morning or
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We ship by UPS ground unless you chose other methods.
Note that we no longer include planting instructions with your order. Please check online for instructions for the plant varieties.
Internet and Online Sales
Our internet sales are not published in the catalog because of our inventory tracking. If we publish it in the catalog we may run out so therefore they are only available online. That's just the way it is. With the internet listings we can disable the sale before we run out of stock.
All plants are guaranteed to flower. If Iris are shipped in late spring and late fall they may not flower the following year. True to name and good quality, healthy plants require well worked soil and we recommend our magic soil as the ideal amendment.
Please report dead plants. We may want to see either pictures or talk to you. You must pay shipping on returns and there is a 25% restocking fee. If you live in the Southern US and the West Coast we cannot accept back plants after Nov.12 due to frozen fields.
Colors that you see on the web are much different at times than the real plant in your garden or even on what day you look at the plant in your garden. Light, time of day ... all these variables make color an ever changine quixotic element. Embracing the Web finds even more confusion but we are sending you the right plant. Often the description is more apt than the photographs. Most of the photos on our website are from our garden last year.
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