Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Dwarf iris The minia­ture rock­ery iris, I. retic­u­lata, grows to just 10cm and bright­ens up scree beds and con­tain­ers, its flow­ers in shades of blue with yel­low in­ner mark­ings or or­ange splashes, emerg­ing be­fore the grassy tufts of leaves around 30cm high.

Plant the bulbs at twice their own depth in late au­tumn in a well-drained, sunny spot, adding grit to the soil to help drainage. Good va­ri­eties in­clude I. ‘Har­mony’, which bears deep vel­vety blue flow­ers with yel­low lines, and ‘Blue Note’, which is vi­o­let blue with feather white mark­ings. I.

‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is another to look out for, with its light blue flow­ers with rich yel­low tongues and a ma­roon fleck.

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