Water or bog iris
Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
Can I get red iris or even white ones for a pond marginal shelf or bog garden? I have googled this but most that are sold seem to be on American sites. I already have yellow flag iris growing in our flower bed, but particularly wanted red or white if possible.
White Ladies or Her Highness are both iris that are white. I believe there are more but I've not had enough tea to be able to think of the names right now.
Have a look at Roadford Water Gardens web site.
both too close to me for Hubby's comfort. I can feel visits coming on.
Iris versicolor is mainly in shades of blue, but there is a lovely purple /pink one called 'Kermesina'. This is a marginal plant for your pond and daintier than the yellow one, I. Pseudacorus which you have, which is a thug. Be warned!
Iris sibirica has a few white varieties, such as 'White Queen' and' Butter and Sugar', various blues and purples and a purplish pink one called 'Sparkling Rose' This one is more for the bog garden, but will grow in a moist border too, nice for tying things together..
Iris Ensata also comes in a number of shades in the blue/ lilac/pink range but is both more expensive and rather more demanding in its requirements so I haven't grown it!
No true reds I'm afraid, and the flowering periods are generally short. A different possibility might be Iris laevigata variegata, which, though it has blue flowers, has cream and green striped leaves which last for longer. This is a marginal too.
Last edited: 30 January 2017 10:13:20
Thanks for the links and advice - I have taken a look at roadford and the plants look interesting, so just emailed them to ask if they ship to Guernsey and what the delivery costs are .......
GD, if they don't ship, I'd be happy to collect any purchases and send them to you. Just a thought.
Hostafan, that is so kind of you - I really appreciate your offer.
I have a local garden centre person visiting soon with some suggestions and advice, and will see what he can supply or order in - it may work out cheaper, I really don't know as I have never used them before, but had plenty of good recommendations. I will let you know.