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Iris ‘Pure Allure’ (SDB)


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summerStandard Dwarf Bearded irises are rhizomatous perennials 20-40cm tall, with flowers 5-7cm across, bearded on the falls, in late spring or early summer

‘Pure Allure’ is a compact plant to 40cm tall, with blue-green foliage and slightly ruffled white flowers, the base of the standards and falls tinged yellow, the beard white, opening in late spring

Common Name: iris ‘Pure Allure’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, snails and thrips
Pruning: Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid loam in full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders

Iris is a beautiful spring flower. You may also like different irises:


How to plant irises in your garden

Iris cristata


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

I. cristata is a rhizomatous perennial to 10cm, forming a mat of fans of bright green leaves, with stemless light violet-blue flowers 3-4cm in width, with a conspicuous white patch and narrow orange crest on each fall

Common Name: dwarf crested iris
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Orange, White and Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs and snails
Pruning: Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Or grow in a container under glass, keep just moist during dormancy
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Iris ‘Protégé’ (Spuria) amazing and nice spring plant for your garden


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

Spuria section irises are rhizomatous perennials with several beardless flowers up to 15cm across, in late spring or early summer

‘Protégé’ is a vigorous perennial with long narrow leaves and stems to 1.3m, bearing 3 flowers with violet-blue standards and cream falls with fine, light violet veining

Common Name: iris ‘Protégé’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Blue, Gold and Purple in Spring and Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, snails and thrips
Pruning: Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid loam in full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders

Iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ (Reticulata)


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

Reticulata irises are small, bulbous perennials with narrow leaves almost square in section, and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow or blue flowers in early spring

‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ is a dwarf bulbous plant with pale blue flowers in late winter, the falls with a yellow midrib and darker grey-blue veining

Common Name: iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

Iris ‘Joyce’ (Reticulata) – little wonder in your garden


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

Reticulata irises are small, bulbous perennials with narrow leaves almost square in section, and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow or blue flowers in early spring

‘Joyce’ is a perennial to 12cm tall, with solitary deep blue flowers in early spring, the falls darker, with yellow midrib and white spotting in the throat

Common Name: iris ‘Joyce’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to slug and damage by snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Iris foetidissima – unusual plant


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

I. foetidissima is an evergreen perennial to 80cm, with glossy rich green leaves and small, yellow-tinged, dull purple flowers followed by large pods opening to show bright orange-red seeds, which persist into winter

Common Name: stinking iris
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Purple and Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Prone to slugs, snails and thrips
Pruning: Remove any dying foliage in autumn
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, neutral to slightly acid loam but will tolerate most soils in full sun, partial shade or shade
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs, Wildlife Gardens or Low Maintenance