Iris unguicularis (stylosa)

A firm favourite for the winter garden. They thrive in sunny sites and although they will tolerate poor soils, they will do so much better in good ones particularly with a big soak and feed in August or September. In our experience autumn is the most opportune time to move them. New roots are formed in the autumn and the good sized divisions we supply must be planted on receipt and watered in well and most will flower in the first winter. Their care is very simple, pull away any dead matter, tolerate a little untidiness and leave some foliage to protect the flowers and you will be rewarded . The flowers are often hidden within the protection of the leaves but make good table decoration if gently picked just before the buds burst.