Iris in the garden

When I lived in the UK I never grew Bearded Irises, now they have become one of my favourite flowers.  Partly because they love the climate here and my very free draining soil in particular, they form clumps of colour very quickly.  I also enjoy the strong form of the foliage, perfectly making a strong full stop when planted next to more softly rounded forms.

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This Dutch Iris has been flowering for a while

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

This is a real beauty, it came from a friend when he thought he was giving me a different variety

I've decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

I’ve decided on a new place for this clump, I want to put them in the Large Island in front of Phlomis

Looks like velvet in close-up

Looks like velvet in close-up

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

Pride of Kent came from the same friend when I first had this garden

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap - rather nice.  When it has made a clump I'll move it from the slope

This was an unknown quantity from a plant swap – rather nice. When it has made a clump I’ll move it from the slope

I bought some new varieties when I visited Courson last autumn and am pleased to see that they are producing strong flower spikes in their first year.

Iris Dear Jean, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris Grand Canari, planted close to Rosa Molineux, almost exactly the same colour

Iris 'Immortality', a lovely pure white

Iris ‘Immortality’, a lovely pure white from a local supplier

Iris Jane Philips - not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

Iris Jane Philips – not shown well here, it is a very pure pale blue

It’s now raining too hard to take any more photographs, so I’ll post the rest tomorrow.

33 thoughts on “Iris in the garden

      • Hi Christina – Yes they do well here if they get enough sun. So every sunny spot I have has Irises :). I don’t have as great a variety as you do though – too much shade in my garden. Yours are beautiful!

  1. Bearded Iris are so gorgeous aren’t they Christina, I can manage to grow a few, but Sibirica are better for me, looking forward to the rest of your photos.

    • Some of the Irises are new this year; and yes spring is amazing, everything flowers at once then goes dormant with the heat in August so I enjoy it while I can. Christina

  2. These are nice irises Christina. The second one makes me nostalgic for my old garden–I had this or one very similar there for years. And Iris Dear Jean has beautiful clear color. Look forward to seeing the rest. It’s been pouring rain here today also. Susie

    • I like to have white flowers where we can see them in the evening, although we aren’t able to eat outside in the evening yet this year! Christina

  3. Those are very lovely. I do not grow bearded irises, I have tried Siberian and found them lacking. I just planted some Iris tectorum, we’ll see if I like them better.

  4. What a beautiful bevy of blossoms, my dear. I’m working on a story about re-blooming iris. The most reliable of them all based on my US research is the fine ‘Immortality’. Is that your experience?

    • As I said I only planted this last autumn so I have no knowledge about its re-flowering ability. I hope it does and I’ll postagain about it if it does repeat well. Christina

  5. Anche io lo scorso anno ho cominciato con qualche iris barbata, sono bellissime; ho voluto provare l’accostamento delle iris giallo pallido con altre di colore rosa. Avendo il fiore tante sfumature ti consente di fare le più libere associazioni cromatiche; peccato solo che da me le lumache stanno facendo un disastro!

  6. I love your irises and I totally agree with you about their foliage. Their flowers are a beauty but they last rather short. Fortunately their leaves last forever and are a fantastic feature in a garden almost all year round.
    Immortality is fantastic, especially with those orange californian poppies behind that emphasize its pale blue tinge on buds.
    I think I’m going to buy some new irises this year, I really do.

    • I think I would almost grow them for the foliage alone! They are fleeting but not more so than many other plants and they don’t need much space so, for me, they are well worth the space. Again, if you come to visit I’m happy to share those that have spread already; for the new ones you’ll have to wait a few years! Christina

  7. I hope to see the my irises in a month…loving all the beauty and color of yours especially the Dutch one. I have a similar one that is in a large clump that needs dividing and sharing around the garden.

  8. I’m coming around to irises. I’ve always found them a bit blowsy but, just as my taste in food has changed so too is my taste in plants. I do love the really dark rich purples.

    • I always like rich strong colours not wishy washy ones. Even more important in the strong bright light here. Soft colours are for soft light. Christina

  9. You have a beautiful collection. I love them for my garden too, they give so much back for so little care. They seem to “hibernate” in dry places in the summer not caring if it is hot or dry.

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