A versatile plant with brightly coloured eye-catching flowers!
Iris plants for your garden
Cultivated for their unique and colourful flowers and lush green upright, sword-shaped leaves, irises will tower over your garden with a rainbow of colours! We supply top-quality iris rootstocks.
With or without beard
Beardless irises have no hairs or combs on their fall. Siberian irises, also known as Iris sibirica, Iris Louisiana, Iris ensata and Iris Laevigata, are all beardless irises. Bearded irises have beards of coloured hairs in the middle of each autumn. They are also known as Iris germanica. Iris Pumila is also a bearded iris.
There are many varieties of irises, including the large garden irises. They are very strong and easy perennials, with large, colourful flowers, often with several shades on the same flower. Blue and purplish hues are most common, but there are colours that extend to yellow, orange, pink, red, etc. The flowers sometimes smell pleasant. The leaves, bluish-green, sword-shaped, are also decorative and participate in the setting of the garden beyond the flowering period, which takes place in May-June.
How to plant iris plants
Irises are sold as dry bulbs, also called rhizomes. Iris grow easily in ordinary soil, even dry and limestone, in full sun and bright light. Beware of soils that are too heavy and clayey, keep too much water in winter, the bulbs may rot. Planting is done from September to May, with autumn planting preferred.
Japanese Iris (ensata)
The Iris Ensata is the Japanese iris and has nothing to do with our classic garden irises. They live in sun or shade, in cool to wet soils. There are many cultivars with pink, violet, blue, white flowers. Iris Ensata, often grown on the banks of pools and ponds, can, like many wet plants, live (with their feet) in the water in summer.
Irises are wonderful garden plants for the period between spring and summer
Iris plants have an important bridging function in colour and form. They bloom on the boundary between spring and summer and, with their stately appearance, are an asset to the garden. As they grow about 1 metre tall and the flowers only appear at the top, you can place them further back in the border.
Irises are also called sword lilies, because of the sword-shaped leaves that gracefully stand around the flower stem. They grow best in water-permeable slightly calcareous soil and like a sunny position. They also do well at pond edges but don't leave them in the water.