Classics of the traditional herbaceous border, and popular in contemporary garden designs. Bearded Iris are easy to grow hardy plants for full sun to light shade, in a garden border or in pots.
There are thousands of cultivars in a huge range of colours and colour combinations that are are rarely seen in other garden plants, varieties flowering from early April through to July and many varieties re blooming again in autumn.
Bearded iris are classified by their height and flower size into 6 Groups. Because these groups flower at different times you can add colour and fragrance to your garden throughout spring and summer, even into autumn.
Did you know many bearded iris are fragrant?
Use the Tabs and filters on the web site to help you select the colour, height, flowering period and scent of the iris you want.
Iris ensata, commonly called Japanese iris, is a beardless perennial iris that grows in slowly expanding clumps to 60-120cm tall.
Sword-shaped, linear green leaves (up to 60cm long) have prominent midribs. Huge flowers (typically 10-15cm across) have a distinctively flattened appearance. Cultivars come in single, double and peony flowered forms in a wide range of colours including shades of blue, lavender, violet-red, pink and white. Blooms early to mid summer (later than both Bearded and Siberian iris).
Iris ensata plants are not suitable for standing permanently in water (unlike Louisiana Iris), they require moist but open soil conditions and will rot if left standing in water over winter, so plant at the margins of ponds or streams, or in perennial borders.
Try a clump alongside Sibirica Iris to get a prolonged flowering period.
Species are the world's wildflowers, and Species Iris deserve a place in many garden situations.
There are Species Iris for full sun, shade, dry gardens, wet damp areas even for the garden pond or bog garden.
In fact it's these various wild forms and naturally occurring hybrids of the Sweet Iris (I. pallida) and the Hungarian iris (I. variegata) form the basis of most hybrid bearded iris. Crosses between tall and dwarf species like Iris pumila have given rise to the Median forms of bearded iris; intermediate bearded (IB), miniature tall bearded (MTB) etc.