They may be dainty, but these little Iris reticulata make quite an impact.
Just 10-12cm tall, they pop up in early February, right at the time when we most need a good splash of colour.
This vivid blue one goes by the grand name of Iris reticulata ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’
Iris Katherine Hodgkin is a rather more subtle plant, with paler, scented flowers
Plant the bulbs in September in well-drained soil in a sunny place.
They’re perfect for containers and window boxes, as well as in the garden, and they come in a range of colours incuding deep purple and white.
They’ll be available later in the summer, here’s some links to specialist bulb nurseries: