We have an amazing selection of tall bearded Iris with the exception of 'Langport Wren', which is an intermediate bearded Iris. Iris really perform to their best potential in full sun with their rhizomes facing south for maximum sunshine exposure. Plant the rhizomes so that they are anchored but slightly exposed to the surface. They love to bake in the sun!
Keep other plants from overcrowding their rhizomes, as this will shade them. A well drained alkaline to neutral soil is most suitable for Iris. The Iris will respond well to a little feed with an organic fertiliser like blood fish and bone, around the roots in the spring. Lift and divide the Iris every two-three years around the end of summer, for best flowering performance. Keep deadheading those spent blooms by just snapping them off.
The Benton series of Iris were bred by Cedric Morris (b. 1889 d. 1982) the brilliant painter and plantsman, who produced the most extraordinary colours as if they were his own oil paints he was mixing. These wonderful irises have been rescued from obscurity by Sarah Cook who was head gardener at Sissinghurst. She is the holder of the national collection of Cedric Morris Iris. Todd's Botanics will be very pleased to be able to offer some of them for sale in 2018.