Monday, 23 September 2013

Iris gracilipes

Iris gracilipes
Neat grassy tussocks (quite ornamental in themselves - rather like Hakonechloa) sprout multitudes of small but perfectly formed mauve flowers in June. A terrific little Evansia, related to I.cristata and verna but much much easier to grow and flower.
Iris gracilipes
Seems more than happy so far in well-drained shade but I have the feeling it'll be quite adaptable elsewhere.
Another one of those plants I grow here that I look at and think Why on earth isn't everyone growing this?
10cm pots ~ £6




Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio
A terrific tall slender species that always attracts attention with its cryptically coloured nodding flowers. Easy and perfectly hardy around here and, though I've not tried it, probably worth trying to naturalise in rough grass. It can run about a bit underground, popping up here and there so I recommend planting it among herbaceous perennials or low shrubs that are done flowering for the year.
1L pots ~ £7