Scottish Daily Mail

Plantofthe­week IRIS UNGUICULAR­IS ‘MARY BARNARD’

- Gardening · Hobbies

THIS durable Mediter­ranean iris pro­duces size­able blooms on in­di­vid­ual stems from Novem­ber. Each has vi­o­let­blue pe­tals which open read­ily in a warm room. For gar­den value, Iris unguicular­is Mary Barnard has ti­dier, slim­mer leaves and flow­ers in a more in­tense pur­ple-blue. Though pretty out­side, the flow­ers are lovely if gath­ered in bud and al­lowed to open in a warm room. Plant this Mediter­ranean species in full sun and fastdrain­ing soil. The base of a sunny wall is ideal. For neat­ness, cut all fo­liage hard back each Oc­to­ber. The new flow­ers will be un­en­cum­bered by un­tidy, half-dead fo­liage.

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