Bearded Irises are invaluable border plants, easily grown in a well-drained soil. Sunny situations are ideal and planting should be made so that the surface of the rhizome is just showing above the ground. Highly drought tolerant once established.
Iris Bearded Braithwaite.
Palest lavender standards with purple falls.
With standards of dusky pink French silk and falls of draping mulberry velvet, Iris ‘Carnaby’ is a captivating sensation. Spires of plump, pointed buds burst into broad blooms, gradually opening from the base upwards. The voluptuous, billowing petals form flouncing silhouettes against sword-shaped, semi evergreen foliage. Fuzzy, tangerine ‘beards’ at the centre of each flower give the Bearded Iris its name and are packed with pollen, enticing a multitude of pollinators to your garden. Thriving on free-draining soil in a sunny position, ‘Carnaby’ will be a welcome addition to herbaceous borders, patios, and along south-facing walls for a floriferous display.
Like the lavender mist which floats above the ground on a spring morning, Iris ‘Foggy Dew’ brings a veil of hazy, indistinct colour which shimmers in the dawn light. This serene variety is a bicolour blend of milky white petals, stained by violet streaking and edged with lilac-blue. The upright standards are heavily frilled and crimped, with loosely waved, flaring falls. At the centre of each bloom is a soft gold ‘beard’, luring bees and butterflies to gather the plentiful pollen and feast on honeyed nectar. This variety has a sweet fragrance, filling the air with soothing scent.
Like a glass of full-bodied claret, the intense blackberry-burgundy blooms of Iris ‘Langport Wren’ are to be deliberately savoured. An outstanding intermediate-blooming type belonging to the Langport series, this Bearded Iris has an extraordinary, musky scent of dark chocolate orange. The ebony-purple blooms are a perfect foil to paler palettes and harmonise beautifully with rich, velvety colour schemes. Thriving in a hot, sunny location on well-drained soil, ‘Langport Wren’ makes a dramatic addition to herbaceous borders and large containers. This vigorous variety produces an abundance of flowers, and readily forms a clump which will increase in size and magnificence each year.
Iris Bearded Lemon Ice.
Pale creamy-yellow standards, falls also creamy-yellow at edge merging with white centre and yellow beard.
Iris ‘Rajah’ is an unapologetic display of lavish colour, with blooms that will stop you in your tracks. Like a Sultan’s sumptuous turban cut from raw silk and velvet, this majestic variety conjures all the luxurious opulence of a Rajah’s palace. Rich, oxblood falls are shot with bronze veining and speckled with cinnamon flecks, culminating in a standard resembling a golden crown. The splendid appearance of this Bearded Iris is further enhanced by an accompanying heady perfume of spiced vanilla. Plant in bold drifts amongst your herbaceous borders where ‘Rajah’ will steal the show from late spring to early summer.
Iris Bearded Raspberry Blush.
Raspberry-pink suffused blooms with mauve on falls, with an orange beard.
RHS Award of Garden Merit Mark.
Iris Bearded Titan's Glory.
Large deep purple-violet flowers.