Easy to care for, colorful and no need to dig, Dutch Iris (Iris x hollandica or Iris xiphium) are a true bulb and winner in any sunny garden.
Tall growing and somewhat 'stately', try planting them in clumps in the garden border for a great display. And yes you can grow them in pots and containers, they will reach a height of around 70cm.
Available for sale and planting from late summer to autumn as dormant bulbs, Dutch Iris are widely used in the garden and as a cut flower.
When to Plant
Planting time is Late Summer to early spring (Feb - June) for flowering in spring. With a stem length of up to 70cm they are used widely as a cut flower. named cultivars such as 'Saphire Beauty', 'Apollo', 'blue magic' and' purple sensation' are readily available from online suppliers.
Easy to grow and care for, Dutch iris will reach 40 - 80cm in height and make a great display and are a favourite cut flower. They prefer a well drained, humus rich soil and plenty of sun. Coming in yellow, white, pale blue and the well know deep purple-blue, flowering in late spring they make a great display in the garden or in a pot. They are a true bulb and growing them is fairly simple. Aphids can be a problem as can snails, take normal precautions for these.
PLANTING DUTCH IRIS BULBS
Varieties, cultivars and colours
Dutch Iris come in range of colours including the well known blue, violet to purple petal varieties with the trademark yellow splash on each petal. 'Blue Magic' is a royal blue, 'Acapulco' a deep purple petal, 'Deep River' which is a lovely royal blue, and the mid blue 'Paris'.
Or you could look for something a little different, 'Casablanca' has white petals, the same yellow splash or tongue, but an outstanding Dutch Iris. And then we have 'Angel Wings' upright and a real stunner, white and yellow.