We are pleased to be the first to introduce this excellent Sibirica Iris to North America. We were visiting John Grimshaw, plantsman extraordinaire and Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, and walking about his home garden when he asked if we would like a bit of an Iris he had named with lovely scrambled egg flowers of yellow and cream. We said yes,
One of the darkest of the cristata selections, the violet-blue petals are made to appear even darker by the little thumbprint of yellow and white at their bases. A small but mighty little woodland creeper which would revel in bright shade or morning sun. The thin rhizomes trundle along on the surface and are plenty hardy so don't bury them in mulch!
We have long affection for all the forms of the dwarf Iris cristata which is an east coast native and with Powder Blue Giant our affections sometimes manifest themselves in PDA's such as stroking the large medium blue flowers and oohing. Deciduous carpeter. A real sweety.
Very rare collectible and delectable Iris from China introduced by Darrell Probst. This Iris is seldom available and is one of the stars in our shade garden. This particular clone has slightly larger flowers that are white without any blue shading. Makes an evergreen fine grassy mound. Best i light shade or part sun. Slow growing and totally rules when mature.
This clone of this fabulous Iris introduced by Darrell Probst is one of our favorite plants of all time. Very fine grassy foliage making a large lax dense mound that is festooned with small white jewels of flowers. It won't happen overnight but give this a few years and you will have some serious bragging rights. Not that we ever concern ourselves with things like that.............
Blackberry Lily. Our collection of this extremely widespread Asian species which not only has attractive deep orange flowers that are overlaid in a plethora of red spots but also the seed is curiously attractive looking for all the world like a large blackberry. This has wide application in traditional Chinese medicine and our collection is likely an escapee from the local mountain village.
Primo little collector's Iris with charming white flowers - smaller than the more frequently encountered 'Alba' - over dense mounds of fine-bladed foliage. It's graceful appearance hides a tough core and an implacable perseverance that has kept it in our collection for over two decades. A Japanese deciduous species preferring light shade or part sun. This is a good one.
Found growing along coastal Maine and up the eastern Canadian seaboard, this was known as the dwarf form of I. setosa but is now regarded as a distinct species. Favoring moist places but adapting very well to average garden conditions, this is best described in the most rigorous of botanical terms as "Cute". Very hardy.
A lesser-known relative of Iris unguicularis. This Turkish species while it blooms a bit later than it's famed cousin, is still early enough to be immensely gratifying plus it has hands down far more attractive evergreen foliage than I. unguicularis. Easy with drainage.
Young plants from seed collected in Mendocino County by botanist Alex Wright. This species has the all the charms inherent to Pacific Coast Iris along with their legendary variability in color among populations. This was not seen in flower but we can pin it down for you. Blue, cream, white or yellow and shades between.
The nerve of the English making Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris selections! But we 'll let it go this time because this is a winner. Falls the color of antique rose with nice venation and yellow thumbprint with subtle falls of the aged pink so often found in grandma;s house. Vigorous and sturdy evergreen.
This Pacific Coast hybrid Iris from a 1985 Ghio introduction has indeed provided endless enjoyment since its release. Eye-catching without stridency, the three broad falls have a rich dark berry thumbprint at their base transitioning to a good rose color at fall's end. The prominent upright style crest on each fall is a light rose while the smaller sepals separate the richly colored falls with the color of old bone shot with red veins.
Seed collected at 3200 meters in Sichuan in an open grazed small meadow area adjoining low scrub. Tightly clumping, deciduous and allied to Iris japonica but is something totally new. Small blue flowers are laddered down the stems in the leaf axils. This has baffled some of the top authorities on Chinese Iris both here in the US and in the UK
A selection collected by the Lady herself near Algiers in 1937. Oh, to have seen this high-born Englishwoman wresting this treasure from the Algerian scrub! Impeccably dressed and sweat dares not form on that ivory brow. Superb dark flowered form of this winter blooming Iris.
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