A collection of various Iris including an exciting brand new cultivar and winter flowering Iris.
Bearing delicate, pale yellow, mauve-mottled flowers above evergreen foliage, the unassuming Iris ‘Foetidissima’ really comes into its own in the autumn. This variety forms large seedpods which split open to reveal a cluster of jewel-like, vivid scarlet fruits which persist throughout the winter. The renowned florist Constance Spry was a proponent of using the “brown leaves and brilliant orange seed heads” as an intriguing addition to floral arrangements (Garden Notebook, 1940). Unusually for an Iris, ‘Foetidissima’ thrives in boggy shade and will tolerate drier conditions, so is perfect for areas where other plants may struggle.
A welcome sight in the depths of winter, Iris ‘Unguicularis’ generously provides beautiful flowers from November to March. With delicate petals like butterfly wings, the lavender-blue blooms flutter above lance-shaped, evergreen foliage. Brightening bare borders and containers, this variety delivers a dash of colour when it is needed most. The blooms radiate a soft, sweet scent – capitalise on this fragrance by positioning near frequented walkways. ‘Unguicularis’ is native to a dry climate and thrives in light, free-draining soil with a south-facing aspect. Snip the pretty, perfumed blooms as fresh cut flowers to relish some floral joy indoors during the winter months.
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