Iris ‘George’ has a soft, sweet, primrose fragrance and opens late winter to early spring. The leaves are narrow and don’t generally grow until the flower is fading. Each bloom is 6-8cm across. It is noted for being slightly taller and larger than your average reticulata.
These are very hardy bulbs that will tolerate frost, full sun to semi shade and any well drained soil. Dwarf Iris ‘George’ looks wonderful in a rockery, pot or towards the front of a garden bed. You get one or two flowers per bulb and they look best planted in clumps. The valiant petals stand up to all sorts of weather and they love the cold.
We love this quote about Iris reticulata from the famous gardener, Vita Sackville-West: “We especially welcome any flower which lightens the gloom of winter of its own accord. The more fragile and improbable looking, the better. Such a flower is Iris reticulata. It seems extraordinary that anything so gay, delicate, and brilliant should really prefer the rigours of winter to the amenities of spring.”
Plant Dwarf Iris ‘George’ around 8cm deep. Water in well, then you only need to worry if rainfall is low during growth, or of course if they are in pots. The bulbs don’t need to be lifted and can be left in the ground to naturalise where they tend to multiply steadily. They are best given their own special spot in the garden, amongst a rockery or in a pot. They would rather not be disturbed and will pop up and bring you joy each year, breaking winter’s spell with their magnificence.
The bulbs are small, and it is a good idea to mark their spot so you don’t lose them! Fertilise Dwarf Iris with the flowers, in winter/spring using a high potassium or liquid fertiliser.
Supplied as: Bulb
Winter to Spring
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade