Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Iris are a beloved group of plants that have long offered species that are classics in the perennial border. Bearded iris, Japanese iris, and Siberian iris come to mind.

Yet this diverse genus has more surprises up its sleeve. Bulbous irises offer many exciting options to grace the garden from early to late spring.

Check out these cool and unusual options below.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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Rare and Cutting Edge Iris for the Spring Garden

We are excited to offer a number of unique, rare and cutting edge cultivars and species of Iris that can grace your early spring to mid spring gardens with singular beauty, colour and detail. The genus Iris is a large and diverse group with many subgenera and sections. Our Iris come from a variety of these subgenera and sections.


Iris 'Dardanus' is a Regelio-Cyclus species.

Iris 'Dardanus' comes from subgenus Iris which consists of bearded, rhizomatous irises. 'Dardanus' is a hybrid between Iris iberica from section Onocyclus and Iris korolkowii 'Concolor' from section Regelia. This hybrid is called a Regelio-cyclus Iris. It is a stunning plant with large flowers in shades of white and lavender with intricate, dark purple and burgundy-purple veins with a flush of burgundy-purple on the falls.

Iris (Regelio-cyclus) 'Dardanus' - 'Dardanus' is an exquisite Iris with lilac-purple standards and paler falls all etched with burgundy-purple veins. This Regelio-cyclus hybrid is a cross between species of the Regelia and Onocyclus sections of the genus Iris. Must have good drainage and full sun preferring dry, baking summers and to be either dry (in coastal BC) or frozen (elsewhere) during the winter.

 

The Juno irises are found in the subgenus and section Scorpiris (formerly Juno). They are smooth-bulbed bulbous irises that bloom in early to mid spring or mid to late spring. They are found naturally in central Asia across many of the countries ending in "stan". They have vertical stems with clasping leaves and extremely beautiful flowers often held in clusters. They appreciate hot, dry spots with excellent drainage. Here are the three cultivars we are offering this year:

Iris bucharica - Iris bucharica is a unique species of Juno iris with glossy, clasping, lance-shaped leaves and beautiful bicoloured flowers with creamy white standards and yellow falls. Each stem produces up to seven fragrant flowers in spring. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border. Good drainage is important. Iris cycloglossa - Iris cycloglossa is a rare species of Juno iris from Afghanistan with very large, flouncy, clove-scented, rich blue-violet flowers with white and yellow detailing that somewhat resemble Dutch Iris. The leaves are grey-green and glossy with a thin white margin. Each stem produces up to three flowers in June, later than most other Junos. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border though this species is tolerant of winter and spring moisture.
Iris graeberiana - Iris graeberiana is a unique species of Juno iris with glossy, clasping, lance-shaped leaves with a thin white edge and greyish undersides. The beautiful flowers are blue, pale blue and white sometimes with shades of mauve or violet. The falls have a wavy crest and boldly detailed veining. Each stem produces 4-6 fragrant flowers in late spring. One of the easiest Juno irises to grow in a sunny, well-drained border. Good drainage is important.

 

The subgenus and section Hermodactyloides brings us Iris histrioides and I. reticulata. These irises are reticulate-bulbed bulbous irises meaning that they have a netted sheath around each bulb. They are early-blooming Iris that start their show in February and March. They appreciate full sun and good drainage in a sunny position. They look fantastic in pots or at the front of a sunny border growing up through low groundcovers.

Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' - A special lustrous, royal blue form of this easy-to-grow, fragrant Turkish species, Iris histrioides 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' will add incredible richness of colour to your February and March garden. Use at the front of the border or in rock or gravel gardens or other areas with good drainage. Iris reticulata 'Alida' - 'Alida' is a beautiful form of the fragrant Iris reticulata that is a study in all shades of blue from palest sky blue to glowing royal blue plus every shade in between. Resistance is futile if you love blue. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.
Iris reticulata 'Halkis' - 'Halkis' is a special colour form of the fragrant Iris reticulata with mid blue petals tipped with purple as if each fall had been dipped in pink and then speckled with dark purple blue, yellow and white. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers. Iris reticulata 'Pauline' - 'Pauline' is a beautiful form of the fragrant Iris reticulata that is a rich royal purple with the tips of the falls dipped in purple-black and lit with yellow. These hardy dwarf iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.

 

For the second year we are very pleased to offer new and spectacular hybrids from Canada's own Alan McMurtrie from Toronto. For many years he has patiently made thousands of crosses to create new forms never before seen from Iris reticulata. His bulbs are now being grown en masse in the Netherlands and supplied to the world.

Iris reticulata histrioides 'Eye Catcher' - 'Eye Catcher' has dramatic white, deep cobalt blue and yellow flowers with blue speckling. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers. Iris reticulata 'Sea Breeze' - 'Sea Breeze' has dramatic white, royal blue and yellow flowers with blue speckling. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.
Iris reticulata 'Spot On' - 'Spot On' has dramatic royal purple flowers with white highlighted falls dipped in purple-black. It is the work of Alan McMurtrie, a Toronto breeder, who is creating colourful and striking new forms of Iris reticulata, a species that is sweetly fragrant with large flowers in relation to the size of the plant. These hardy dwarf Iris prefer full sun in a position that is well-drained. They will go dormant by summer so plant them where they can grow up through perennial groundcovers.

 

These Iris are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in late September or early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


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