Drought-resistant plants originate from regions with low rainfall and hot summers, such as the Mediterranean. To survive these extreme conditions, plants have evolved features to help reduce water loss and reflect sunlight away from leaves.
Whether you love them or loath them, it cannot be denied that the tall bearded iris is a statement plant, a structural plant, a plant that creates an opinion and a plant which drives the need, in some of us to collect. I had never considered myself an iris collector until now but upon writing this blog I have discovered that I have clearly become one.
Our annual lecture in support of the Beth Chatto Education Trust with Garden Designer and BBC Gardeners' World presenter Adam Frost.
This much-loved perennial is easy to grow, loved by pollinators and a very attractive addition to the garden. In early summer, these reliable plants produce an abundance of mostly lavender-blue flowers, held above grey-green foliage.