Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beautiful Dutch Iris - Surprise Flower of the Month!

Picking up the purples of the foliage in the garden - Euphorbia, Heuchera & flax

They definately look best with solid green behind them, rather than the purpley foliage
of Heuchera.

Favourite surprise flower in my garden this month has to be these Dutch Irises. Just loving them. My mother-in-law gave them to me as bulbs that said 'dark red' on the label. Being the untrusting type that I am when it comes to EXACT colour matches - I played it safe and planted them in pots. So glad I did! They are not what I would call dark red, but a purpley-red (only fussy gardeners will understand what I am talking about here!!!), with a proper purple on the top wings. They look awful with my scarlet reds (daylilies, geum etc), but stunning with the dark foliage of Euphorbia Chameleon, and Heuchera Palace Purple. But they need some green between them, to let the colours show up. I am smitten, and happily surprised! Have them at my office now, where these photos were taken, and they look amazing with their yellow eye picking up the lime green of the Euphorbia next to them. Can't wait to experiment with them. If I can find the name I will add it at a later date. but these have to be my surprise flower of the month. Isn't that the joy of bulbs??!!! Rx


  1. They look absolutely beautiful against the green foliage :) x

    1. Thanks, Vic. They are giving me so much pleasure. Have been moving the pots around the garden to get the best combo going!! Definitely the green background, with a touch of the little yellow geum at their feet, and some purple/red foliage nearby. Funny - but for me, this really is no different than you trying out different cushions and paintings for your interiors! That is all part of the fun. Rx