THREE ELEGANT JAPANESE WATER IRISES
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Members of an impressively large genus of more than 300 species, this trio of Iris ensata varieties offer something distinctive.
Commonly known as Japanese water iris, Iris ensata are freeflowering, colourful plants that thrive where other perennials fail. They love clay soils and work well in waterlogged areas. These non-invasive, rhizomatous perennials with showy, unusual blossoms, also make lovely cut flowers.
Plant in small groups of three for a splash of unusual midsummer colour. Deer and pest resistant.
The rarely offered ‘Angel Mountain’ is revered for its large, ruffled blossoms and complex combinations of violet blue, brilliant white and punchy yellow. Each petal features intricate blushing and the occasional inky-blue vein. Height 2ft 7in (80cm).
The dramatically coloured, AGM-winning ‘Crystal Halo’ is the perfect antidote to a soggy summer border. Each stem holds three large, splayed flowers, giving an excellent view of the petals’ patination. Navy and fringed with white, this variety has a strong habit and flowers reliably. Height 2ft 11in (90cm).