1896, An Iris Border, Miss Willmott

Savoy Garden

The Garden p.68, January 25, 1896


There is something very satisfactory in the effect of Irises for borders apart altogether from their flowering. The evergreen habit of the German Iris, its graceful form, and the pretty colour, of course, help this, and we think some of the most beautiful things that could be made would be Iris borders, either exclusively or mixed with other suitable things. The family is delightful from many points of view, especially in its recent introductions, but without going into this, and merely taking the finest German hardy kinds, there is a fine store of materials for beautiful hardy flower border work, and for helping those evergreen borders which are so useful within view of the house. These thoughts occurred to us on seeing a charming Iris border at Tresserne, of which Miss Willmott writes as follows :
– The Iris bank is at Tresserne. I collected the Irises I had in different parts of the garden, and I also bought some from Lyons and elsewhere. They were planted in the clumps as dug up last November twelve months, and the photo was taken the following May. The bank is hot and dry and faces due west. The soil is light, and had been well trenched and manured before I had the idea of planting Irises there. They seem to do well among the limestone rocks.

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-- BobPries - 2014-11-06
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