Other irises for smaller gardens
In addition to the tall bearded (TB) irises, there are five other groups classified by height and flower size. Of these, perhaps the most interesting – for those of us with smaller gardens – are the Aprilflowering standard dwarf bearded (SDB) irises. Varieties in this group reach no more than 16in (40cm) tall, with flowers up to 3in (8cm) across.
Tall bearded irises are of a height where we tend to look at them from the side, so tall standards and drooping falls give us the most colour. The somewhat shorter SDBs tend to be viewed from above. This means we get a blast of colour with falls that are held horizontally when we look down at them at the front of a sunny border.
There are some lovely AGMwinning varieties in this group – look out for ‘Green Spot’ (ivory white with a green spot) and ‘Mary McIlroy’ (bright yellow).
Standard dwarf bearded iris ‘Green Spot’