I’ve loved all the snow we’ve had, it reminds me of when I lived in Norway, and much as I loved the landscape there, after a while, a blanket of white over the countryside always makes me yearn for colour.
What better plants than Iris to remind you of colour in the garden, they come in a range of colours from soft blue to a sultry blue-black.
There are over 200 species, originating in the Northern Temperate Regions of the world, so they grow well in our climate.
They can be bulbs or rhizomes, the latter comprises a thick root, a bit like a fat finger of ginger, with leaves at one end that are usually evergreen
These tall bearded Iris love a sunny position in well-drained, reasonably fertile soil. Plant them so that the top of the rhizome is just above the level of the soil and firmly anchored in. They flower in early summer and reach about 1m high, with a spread of 50cm.
They work well wth lots of other plants, just make sure that all the plants you choose like the same conditions as each other.
Difficult to choose a favourite, but Iris Deep Black must be one of them.
Hover your mouse over the photos of the flowers to see the to see their names.
These are specialist nurseries, click on the names to get to their website:
Enjoy the rest of you week.
all images: Jill Anderson