Irises come in an astounding number of different varieties, varying in size, colour and appearance. The Iris genus contains over 300 species.

Bearded iris are subdivided into dwarf, intermediate, border and tall forms, getting their name from the thick, bushy “beards” that appear on each of the falls (lower petals) of the flower.

Depending on the type of bearded iris, they can be in bloom as early as March through to late June. Reblooming iris (remontant) even rebloom in late summer and autumn, up to the first frosts.

We dispatch your order, bare-rooted rhizomes, in autumn.

Plant the rhizomes in a sunny position, with the fan facing south in a free draining soil. The rhizome MUST be above the ground. Only water them if the soil is extremely dry or after transplanting. See the 'advise' tab above for a full planting guide.

Don't over-fertilise iris, use a balanced fertiliser, such as 10-10-10,( blood, fish and bone or a weak tomato feed) in spring and again in summer avoid high-nitrogen fertilisers that encourage vegetative growth.


  • Bearded

    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. 

  • Collections

    Can't decide between individual varieties? Then look at these preselected collections. They are combinations of iris varieties that we feel work together to create an excellent collection for your garden.

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