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. 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. It's worth drawimg attention to the Dutch (hollandica) irises, which flower in early summer, are affordable, incredibly easy to grow and also excellent for cutting. Our established clumps just keep getting better and better every year in the garden. We offer all the most exciting colours!

 

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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 £5.00 Pack of 25 for £10.50
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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+ cm * This popular variety has been UNAVAILABLE since 2019 due to total crop failure by the ONLY Grower * We are recommending Iris 'Purple Hill' as a suitable substitute.
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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 £6.50 Pack of 30 for £17.50  
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Iris hollandica 'Autumn Princess'
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Iris hollandica 'Autumn Princess'
  Warm shades of bronze/brown, with a flash of burnt orange on the falls. Flowering in June/July at 20" (50cm). Bulb size 8+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 30 bulbs for £7.50 SORRY, NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON
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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 6/7 cmPack of 10 for £3.00Pack of 30 for £7.50
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Iris hollandica 'Panther'
Iris hollandica 'Panther'
New in 2019 Flowers of the most delicate lilac, with an orange blotch on the falls. Flowering in June at 20" (50cm). Bulb size 8+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.50 Pack of 30 bulbs for £9.00
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Iris hollandica Picasso
Iris hollandica Picasso
New for 2020 Striking new introduction, with purple standards and falls of burnished gold, etched purple. Flowering in June at 18" (45cm). Bulb size 7+ cm Pack of 10 for £4.00Pack of 30 for £10.00
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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 a great example. Once established, the bulbs increase in flowering power year-on-year.  Ht.20-24"(50-60cm). Bulb size 7+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.50 Pack of 30 for £9.00
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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 £4.50
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Iris 'Katherine's Gold'
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Iris 'Katherine's Gold'
  Lovely recent hybrid of pale yellow, with darker markings on the falls and near-white standards. Flowering in February/March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £6.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £14.50
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Iris reticulata 'Alida'
Iris reticulata 'Alida'
A lovely 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 10 for £3.00 Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Hill'
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Hill'
  Recent 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 many older varieties. Flowering in February/March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
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Iris reticulata 'Blue Note'
This variety really stands out from the crowd for its distinctive colouring - bright violet-blue, with deepest blue tips and white blotches. Height: 4-6" (10-15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £12.00
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Iris reticulate 'Blue Planet'
New for 2021  Light denim-blue flowers, sporting a yellow blotch on the falls. Flowering February-March at 6" (15cm).  Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 50 bulbs for £16.00
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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 10  for £3.00 Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Frozen Planet'
Iris reticulata 'Frozen Planet'
New in 2019 Flowers of glacial white, with ice blue on the falls. Striking new introduction. Flowering in February-March at 6" (15cm). Bulb size 5+ cm LOWER PRICE FOR 2021 Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.00 Pack of 50 bulbs for £14.00
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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 10 for £3.00Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata North Star
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! Very early flowering, from January. Ht - 4-6" (10-15 cm) Bulb size 6+cm Pack of 5 bulbs for £7.50
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Iris reticulata Painted Lady
Iris reticulata Painted Lady
 We had admired this stunning dwarf iris in displays in Holland for some years and were delighted when it became commercially available. The painterly splashes of blue against white on the petals make for a stunning introduction. Ht. 4-6" (10-15cm) Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £3.00 Pack of 50 bulbs 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 10 bulbs £3.00Pack of 50 bulbs £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Pixie' AGM
Iris reticulata 'Pixie' AGM
Sturdy hybrid, with broad petals of bright purple and orange blotch to the falls. Scented! Height: 4-6" (10-15cm). Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 for £3.00 Pack of 50 for £12.00
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Iris reticulata 'Polar Ice'
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Iris reticulata 'Polar Ice'
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+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £6.00 Pack of 25 bulbs for £13.50
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Iris reticulata 'Purple Hill'
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Iris reticulata 'Purple Hill'
This splendid recent introduction has greater robustness and vigour than some older reticulata varieties. We have been growing its companion variety 'Blue Hill' for a couple of years now and have only neglected to stock 'Purple Hill' due to its similarity to the very popular iris 'George'. The sole grower of 'George' has experienced total crop failure this season, so we are offering 'Purple Hill' as...
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Iris reticulata 'Scent-Sational'
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Iris reticulata 'Scent-Sational'
  Alan McMurtrie describes his introduction as 'a fluorescent mix of blue & purple shades'.  The flowers are certainly luminous and, as the name suggests, scented too.  Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 10 bulbs for £4.50 Pack of 25 bulbs for £10.00
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