Iris laevigata (Japanese Iris)
Iris are a personal favourite. Such a wide genus they offer something for everyone from minature to blousy, drought tolerant to water lovers. Each in an array of beautiful colours. The flowers are truly striking. The majority are hardy, low maintenance and perennials offering interest year after year.
This commonly called Japanese Iris has long strap like pale green leaves up to 1m tall and forms a clump growing year after year. Eventually filling out to a large clump. However simply lift and thin in autumn or winter should it be getting too large.
These are summer flowering and offer splashing of lilac blue on top of the pale green for months on end.
The plants can be grown directly in water so are ideal for shallow ponds, rills, streams etc. Offering a fantastic habitat for young fish, newts, frogs and other pond life as well as summer cover to reduce the issue of algae growth in ponds.
The flowers can be picked for the vase or left to enjoy outside.
Other than splitting these need little care once settled.
These can also be grown in ground that is constantly wet so work well on water edges and bog gardens,
They are happy in full sun or part shade. Plant in water up to 10cm deep (below the 'crown' of the plant) or soil up to the rhizome top.
These come as healthy bare rooted clumps of a good size approx to a 1 litre pot.
Ready to be placed in your pond, rill, stream or bog area.