Iris

Iris

The flowers of the iris family may be fleeting but they are also some of the most irresistibly beautiful the plant world has to offer. The miniature irises, which present themselves when winter is barely at a close, must be doubly treasured. We include a wide selection here - give them a sunny, sheltered spot, where the soil dries in their summer resting period, and they will richly reward you. A few other irises which we find gardenworthy are also included here.

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Iris 'Dardanus'
Iris 'Dardanus'
Herbaceous iris of the regelio-cyclus group, noted for its large and stunningly marked flowers of lilac-purple, with the falls heavily netted brown. Needs sun and excellent drainage. Ht.16-20" (40-50cm).Pack of 3 for £4.00
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Iris hollandica 'Red Ember'
Iris hollandica 'Red Ember'
We love the more 'offbeat' colours in these easy-to-grow Dutch iris and 'Red Ember' is the latest addition to our range. A rather rusty red, with more than a hint of brown on the falls. Ht.20-24"(50-60cm). Bulb size 7+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.00 Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris histrioides 'Finola'
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Iris histrioides 'Finola'
New for 2015 Ivory white petals with faint markings of blue & pale yellow on the falls. A strong grower.  Ht. 6" (15cm) Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 5 bulbs for £3.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £15.00
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Iris histrioides 'Frank Elder'
Iris histrioides 'Frank Elder'
Pale blue flowers, suffused greenish-yellow, with blue spotting and yellow crest in Feb. Reliable and naturalises well. Ht.4" (10cm).Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.50 Pack of 50 for £14.00
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Iris histrioides 'George'
Iris histrioides 'George'
Richly coloured flowers of violet with darker blotch on falls, streaked white with orange crest. Feb/March. Ht.4-6" (10-15cm).Bulb size 6+ cmPack of 15 for £3.00Pack of 75 for £12.50
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Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
The flowers of this lovely old variety are mid-blue, with less pronounced markings than some. It has great vigour and reliability. Pack of 10 for £3.50 Pack of 50 for £14.00
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Iris hollandica 'Eye of the Tiger'
Iris hollandica 'Eye of the Tiger'
Dusky purple standards, with falls of muted lavender-grey, lined purple and with central bright gold streak. Dramatic in the border and as a cut flower. Reliable, easy to grow bulb. Ht.18" (45cm).Bulb size 8+ cmPack of 10 for £3.00Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris hollandica 'Lion King'
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Iris hollandica 'Lion King'
New for 2015 The bulbous dutch irises are easy to grow subjects for the border and for cutting. This variety is particularly beautiful, with tawny blooms of bronze/gold. Hardy bulb for most ordinary soils and sun. Ht.18" (45cm).Bulb size 8+ cmPack of 10 for £3.00Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin' AGM
Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin' AGM
Probably the most coveted of all the miniature irises. The palest cream background provides the foil for the stunning markings - deep yellow on the falls with dark blue striping and flecking. A miniature treasure. Flowers Feb/March, 5". Bulb size 6+ cm Lower Price for 2015 Pack of 15 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £9.00
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Iris reticulata 'Alida'
Iris reticulata 'Alida'
A recent introduction which proved a winner in our trials a few years ago. (Gardening 'Which' Magazine also carried out their own trials and recommend this variety to their readers). The flowers are pale/mid blue. Ht.4" (10cm) and have a delicate scent..Bulb size 6+ cmPack of 20 for £3.00Pack of 100 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
NEW ADDITION IN 2013 - We trialled this variety a couple of years ago and it really stood out for its distinctive colouring.  Height: 4-6" (10-15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm New Lower Price for 2015 Pack of 20 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 100 bulbs for £12.50
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Iris reticulata 'Fabiola'
Iris reticulata 'Fabiola'
Recent introduction - a good, vivid blue without a hint of orange or yellow to the falls, just a neat, white blotch. Ht.6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 20 for £3.00 Pack of 100 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Gordon'
Iris reticulata 'Gordon'
Flowers of bright blue, tipped mid-blue on the falls, with white streaking and strong orange blotch. Feb/March.Ht.4-6" (10-15cm).Bulb size 6+ cmPack of 20 for £3.00Pack of 100 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Halkis'
Iris reticulata 'Halkis'
Recent introduction, with striking flowers which contrast light blue petals with a reddish-purple lip. Very distinctive. Feb/March. Ht.6" (15cm).Bulb size 5+ cm New Lower Price for 2015Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00Pack of 50 bulbs for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'J.S.Dijt'
Iris reticulata 'J.S.Dijt'
Striking red-purple flowers in Feb/March. Ht. 6" (15cm).Bulb size 6+ cmPack of 20 for £3.00Pack of 100 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata ‘Pauline’
Iris reticulata ‘Pauline’
The darkest of the reticulatas, with stunning, black-purple flowers enlivened by a large white, dark-flecked spot on each of the falls. Flowers Feb. 6".Bulb size 6+ cmPack of 20 bulbs £3.00Pack of 100 bulbs £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Pixie' AGM
Iris reticulata 'Pixie' AGM
NEW ADDITION IN 2013 - Sturdy hybrid, with broad petals of bright purple and orange blotch to the falls. Height: 4-6" (10-15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 20 for £3.00 Pack of 100 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Rhapsody'
Iris reticulata 'Rhapsody'
NEW ADDITION IN 2013 - The good-sized flowers are violet-purple, with yellow blotch to the falls, making a strong impact. Height: 4-6" (10-15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 15 for £3.00 Pack of  75 for £12.00
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Iris 'Sheila Ann Germany'
Iris 'Sheila Ann Germany'
This cross between i. histrioides and the yellow flowered i. danfordiae is particularly noted for its beautifully distinct blue veining. Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.50 Pack of 50 for £14.00
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Iris winogradowii AGM
Iris winogradowii AGM
This lovely species can be hard to come by - possibly due to its high cost. However, the contrast of its pale, primrose-yellow flowers, with delicate green spotting, against the bare earth of late winter, renders it highly desirable. It is also far more reliable than the deeper yellow i. danfordiae in making repeat performances. Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £6.50 Pack of 15 bulbs...
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