Scottish Daily Mail

Plantofthe­week IRIS UNGUICULAR­IS ‘MARY BARNARD’

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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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