These Iris flowers are stunning, and in such a beautiful array of colours, it's easy to see why the species is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow. And they're not just a pretty face......whatever the colour of the petals, you'll notice that they all have bright lines that lead into the flower head; these are clever landing pads to guide pollinators directly to the nectar.
These eye-catching Irises are happiest in full sun and well-draining soil. But don't fear if you have the wrong soil or conditions in your outdoor space, just grow them in pots - make sure their roots are partially exposed, that they have good drainage and then you can move them around, along with the sun!
We also like Iris for their upright sword-like leaves, which last much longer than the flower. They extend their season of interest and provide us with a unique texture in the border or in a gravel bed.
If you are cutting Iris to bring them indoors, then a useful tip is to remove any fading flowers, and that way you will encourage the remaining buds to emerge. Enjoy!
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