With its unusual pale blue and yellow colouring, this charming, large-flowered dwarf iris really stands out from the crowd. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Flowers late February-early March. Height 12cm. Bulb size 6/7cm. (Bulb sizes quoted in centimetres refer to the circumference of bulbs. All bulbs are sourced from cultivated stocks.)
One of the easiest perennials to grow! Start the show with Iris reticulata, which are among the first bulbs to bloom. Combine them with later blooming irises, and you will have a beautiful display from February right through into summer.
The most familiar of the dwarf, bulbous irises, whose brightly-coloured, deliciously fragrant flowers, set amidst curious pointed leaves, appear in late winter and early spring. They are very hardy and easy to grow, and are ideal for a sunny border or container.
Irises are a vast genus of plants, ranging from diminutive rockery varieties, to imposing border specimens. Some are grown from bulbs, others from thickened underground stems known as rhizomes. Nearly all, however, share the same beautiful and easily recognisable flower form - 3 erect inner 'standard' petals and 3 hanging outer 'fall' petals.
Aftercare - Easy:True
Aftercare - Moderate:False
Aftercare - High:False
RHS Award of Garden Merit:True
Likes Acidic Soil:False
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Prefers Full Sun:True
Planting bulbs in groups will produce a colourful spring display. For best results plant your delivery of bulbs as soon as possible, although tulips can benefit from planting in November as this will help to avoid frost damage to early shoot tips in spring. When planting choose an area that is freely drained as bulbs will rot in waterlogged areas. As a general rule for outdoor planting, you should bury the bulb to a depth three times the height of the bulb. Small bulbs can be planted 10-15 cm (4-6") apart and larger bulbs such as daffodils and tulips plant 15-20cm (6-8") apart. If planting in containers, bulbs can be planted closer together but ensure they are not touching each other. Containers that will bloom for months! By planting layers of different bulb varieties your containers could be blooming from February to May! Cover the pot's hole with at least 5cm of small stones or crocks to improve drainage, and use a 50/50 mix of good quality compost and garden soil. Allow just 1cm gap between bulbs and don't allow them to touch the sides of the pot. Provide protection over winter, and move outside when the first green shoots appear in spring.