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, including some of the new introductions made by Canadian breeder, Alan McMurtrie, which present real breakthroughs in reticulata breeding.. We expect to add more of Alan's amazing hybrids to our range shortly.  These little jewels may look delicate but give them a sunny, sheltered spot, where the soil dries out a little for 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 'Blue Hill'
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Iris 'Blue Hill'
New for 2017 New hybrid of great colour - the flowers are rich violet-blue - and vigour. Like many of the newer reticulata hybrids, this is of somewhat more robust appearance than most older varieties. Flowering in February/March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 25 bulbs for £6.00
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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 roots for £4.00 Pack of 10 roots for £13.00
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Iris histrioides 'Finola'
Iris histrioides 'Finola'
New in 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 £4.00 Pack of 15 bulbs for £10.00
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Iris histrioides 'Frank Elder'
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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 25 for £7.50
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Iris histrioides 'George'
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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 20 for £3.50Pack of 50 for £7.50
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Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'
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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. Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.50 Pack of 30 for £9.00
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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 30 for £6.50
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Iris hollandica 'Lion King'
Iris hollandica 'Lion King'
New in 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 30 for £6.50
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Iris hollandica 'Mount Everest'
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Iris hollandica 'Mount Everest'
New in 2016 Dutch iris are so undemanding to grow, we even have them in semi-shaded borders here on the farm. The off-beat colours we offer are immensely popular but we find that there is always the need for a lovely white option too. Bulb size 10+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £6.50
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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 7/8 cm Pack of 10 for £3.00 Pack of 30 for £6.50
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Iris 'Katherine's Gold'
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Iris 'Katherine's Gold'
New for 2017 Lovely new hybrid of pale yellow, with darker markings on the falls and near-white standards. We have seen this variety exhibited over the past few years in Holland but it has only recently been available in commercial quantities. Flowering in February/March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ Pack of 10 bulbs for £5.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £12.50
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Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin' AGM
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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 Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £6.50
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Iris 'Polar Ice'
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Iris 'Polar Ice'
New for 2017 This new introduction has cool white flowers, with a yellow streak and blue feathering on the falls. In the garden, where their early flowers are often seen against bare soil, we find that the lighter coloured irises show up really well. Flowering in February/March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £10.50
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Iris reticulata 'Alida'
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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 50 for £6.00
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
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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 Pack of 20 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £6.00
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Iris reticulata 'Eye Catcher'
Iris reticulata 'Eye Catcher'
NEW in 2016 This delightful variety is one of the first of the new hybrids resulting from the breeding programme of Canadian iris breeder Alan McMurtrie to become commercially available. The remarkable flowers have white falls, with yellow crest and blue spotting, whilst the standards are white with two-tone blue streaking.  Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £6.00 Pack of 50 bulbs...
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Iris reticulata 'Fabiola'
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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 50 for £6.00
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Iris reticulata 'Halkis'
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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 * Lower Prices for 2017 * Pack of 20 bulbs for £4.00Pack of 50 bulbs for £9.00
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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 50 for £6.00
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Iris reticulata Mars Landing
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Iris reticulata Mars Landing
 Iris reticulata Mars Landing - very limited availability An astonishing combination of bronze and gold - a real breakthrough colour achievement in iris breeding from Alan McMurtrie. Ht. 4-6" (10-15cm) Bulb size 5/6 cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £9.50
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Iris reticulata North Star
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Iris reticulata North Star
This beautiful hybrid, from Alan McMurtrie, has ivory flowers with touches of yellow and deep turquoise. Even better than the colour is its strong fragrance - truly exceptional! Ht - 4-6" (10-15 cm) * New Lower Price for 2017 * Pack of 5 bulbs for £6.00 Pack of 15 bulbs for £15.00
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Iris reticulata Painted Lady
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Iris reticulata Painted Lady
 We have admired this stunning dwarf iris in displays in Holland for some years and it is now commercially available. The painterly splashes of blue against white on the petals make for a stunning introduction. Ht. 4-6" (10-15cm) * New Lower Price for 2017 * Pack of 20 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £12.00
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Iris reticulata ‘Pauline’
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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 50 bulbs £6.00
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Iris reticulata 'Pixie' AGM
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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 50 for £6.00
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