Our Iris bulbs fall into two categories; Specie Iris and Dutch Iris. Although clearly related, the two are rather different.

Planted in the right spot, iris bulbs are easy to grow and long-lived. Most iris flowers bloom in summer, apart from the earliest bulbous types, such as Iris Reticulata, which flower in early spring.

Plant Iris bulbs at two to three times the depth of the bulb, in full sun. While they can tolerate drought, they’re happier in moist, well drained soil, too much water and the bulbs can rot. You can plant Iris bulbs directly into borders, or in pots either outdoors or under protection in a greenhouse or a cool well-lit room.

Allow foliage to die back naturally so the bulbs can build up energy for next year. Ensure they don’t get too wet, particularly in winter, which can cause rotting. To propagate, you can divide bulbs from Mid-Summer to early Autumn.

Specie Iris

Specie Iris are short, typically 10-15cm high, and will flower very early in the year, roughly around the same time as crocus and early daffodil varieties. There is a vast range of colours and shades all with the most exquisite detail. The blooms are a welcome addition to bare earth and they make a perfect pot specimen.

Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris bulbs will bloom in early summer and can be half a metre high. They offer great value and are a great addition to any flowerbed. Dutch Iris make an ideal cut flower favoured by florists all over the world.