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Irises generally have a short-flowering period however this is compensated by the sheer extravagence of their blooms.

 

There are over three hundred species of iris, many of which are hybrids. Some irises are grown from rhizomes and others that favour more drier conditions, grow from bulbs. Conditions also vary greatly with some irises preferring water-based habitats.

 

Bearded irises should be planted half submerged in well-drained soil in full sun. They should be divided every three years to avoid congestion. All other irises are more accepting of partial shade as long as they are grown in well-drained soil. Irises can be used for floral arrangements however it should be noted that these plants and their rhizomes/bulbs are harmful if eaten.

Bearded Iris 'English Cottage' £5.25

(1.5ltr pot available for collection only)

 

Fragrant summer variety with large white flowers with a hint of pale mauve-blue. Strong spicy scent. Grows to around 85cm tall with a spread of about 45cm. Plant with the rhizome half in the soil. Prefers full sun. Hardy.

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Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'  £5.00

(1.5ltr pot available for collection only)

 

Mid blue with tall upper petals and speckled/striped markings on throat. Flowers between June and July. Best in sun in well-drained soil but tolerates partial shade. Grows to a height of around 1m with a spread of 60cm. Hardy.

 

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Iris douglasiana £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Grown from seedlings from a form with large, marked blue flowers with dark green arching leaves. Flowers between May-June. Easy in sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Height 70cm with a spread of 50cm. Hardy.

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Iris sibirica 'Glas y Dorlan' £4.50

(1.5ltr pot coming soon - for collection only)

 

'Glas y Dorlan' is the Welsh name for kingfisher. Flowers are a wonderful blue. Prefers moist soil in full sun.

Iris chrysographes 'Black Forms' £3.50

(9cm pot coming soon)

 

Velvety deep purple flowers with faint yellow veining along the falls. Narrow grassy leaves. Flowers between June and July. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Divided from plants obtained from Cally Gardens. Grows to a height of 50cm with a spread of 50cm. Hardy.

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Iris sibirica 'Caesar'  £5.00

(2ltr pot sold out)

 

Old, rich, deep blue variety that flowers between May and July. Best in sun, with moist, well-drained soil. Tolerates light shade and sheltered positions. Grows to a height of 90cm with a spread of 60cm. Hardy.

 

Bearded Iris 'Mount Stewart Black' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Large velvety purple flowers - almost black. Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil although this plant will tolerate semi-shade, dry shade and clay soil. Forms a neat mound. Is hardy. Average height is 20cm with a spread of 40cm.

Iris wattii £5.50

(1.5ltr pot sold out)

 

Distinct broad fans of leaves at the top of 30-40cm tall bamboo stems. Frilled white flowers with a hint of pale blue in the petals and orange markings. Flowers from May-June. Prefers partial shade in a sheltered spot as frosts may knock flower buds off the stems. Spread about 50cm. Half-hardy.