Archive for March, 2013

With their delicate appearance you may be mistaken for thinking that bulbous Iris would be easily damaged, when in fact this could not be further from the truth. Flowering in late winter in February and March they are hardy through frost and snow. Planted back in autumn the bulbs slowly emerge and buds explode open with colours in every shade of blue (Iris retiliculata spp.) as well as purple (Iris ‘George’), yellow (Iris danfordiae) and almost white forms too. At arkley we find them very useful for underplanting deciduous shrubs such as cornus and roses and use them extensively for planted containers as shown below. Left undisturbed bulbs will last for many years and even naturalise well.

Iris reticulata with violas

Iris reticulata with violas