...The sky is blue! Here is a "must-have" azure jewel for the collector of true blues. Light cerulean blue flowers with exuberant ruffles and broad 11 cm-wide falls. From its parent "Yaquina Blue" it has inherited vigour and a long flowering season with 9 buds and discreet pale yellow beards.
Quite innovative in this range: purplish violet standards with lacy edges, falls slightly bolder with a narrow bronze border, old gold beards set against a small white background which lights up the whole flower. Descendant of "Serene Moment". Interesting and late-flowering.
Magnificent very pure sky blue, with small pale yellow beards towards the centre becoming white at their ends. Flowers close to the stem but well spaced and moderately ruffled. Very upright stalks and long-lasting flowers (9 – 10 buds on average). A good grower.
Whilst always seeking to be original, one could almost forget these subtle yet useful colours. Deliciously lavender pink with a very thin and discrete lavender beard. Quality branching with 8 buds on average, very prolific.
This historic variety (a descendent of "Dalmatica") features light to mid tones of lavender, lighter around the white, golden-tipped beards. Flowers are larger than the Iris Pallida's, and quite charming.
A very attractive solid light to medium blue with bright tangerine beards. This iris is a descendant of "Princesse Caroline de Monaco" and "Eau Vive", both blue with tangerine coloured beards. Medium sized flowers with a lovely shape. We feel that the pureness of tone compensates for the relatively small number of buds (6-7 on average).
Soft lavender standards and white falls tinted very pale pinkish lavender, contrasted against the bright tangerine beards. An iris with lots of finesse and great style! Very ruffled flowers, 8 to 9 buds per stem. Vigorous grower with good resistance to disease.
Tall stems, large ruffled flowers, extremely vigorous: it is a new deep violet of noble stature. Beards of the same colour. Each rhizome can produce three or more fans and each stem carries 7 to 8 flowers.
Marvellous really pure mid-blue, bred from two equally wonderful blues: "Yaquina Blue" and "Oregon Skies". Yellow beards tipped with blue, nearly invisible in this cerulean ocean. Very big flowers (10 cm x 16 cm), gently ruffled.
What's new in "Cape Perpetua"? Not its colour: light and plain blue with white beards, but its shape: both standards and falls show lacy, frilly edges and this is unique in its category. A really charming blue iris!
A large, very pure medium blue with very discreet yellow beards. Strongly borne flowers with quite round, well waved falls. The foliage is vigorous and the upright stems carry an average of 8 to 10 buds. Brother of the Cayeux variety "Heure Bleue".
Interesting and very unusual colour contrast between the pale blue standards and the bluish-black velvety falls. Black-purple beards tipped yellow. This very recent iris (introduced in the USA in 2004) has strong stalks and propagates very quickly.
A classic, yet quite innovating beauty! Lavender standards, lighter on the edges and white falls with hues of pinkish lavender. White beards. Perfect shape and jagged edging. A unique variation in the reverse amoena category.
Mysterious and beautiful! Inky dark purple-blue standards paling towards the edges, inky dark purple-blue falls with light violet margins and long and bright golden yellow beards. Average size flowers of waxen substance and nice ruffled shape.
Bred from the marvellous "Paul Black", Dykes Medal winner in 2010, here is a charming unified rosy violet with red beards. The medium-sized flowers are perfectly balanced with the foliage and very numerous (average of 12). Well-branched stems, delicious colour.
The sturdy moderately ruffled flowers are a charming, totally plain, light blue-violet. Numerous flowers produced on perfect stems (up to 10 buds on each). Light blue-violet beards tipped yellow. Exceptionally vigorous, it rapidly forms big clumps.
"Memphis Blues" and "Sapphire Hills" gave us this superbly shaped, medium-blue violet iris with tight ruffles on edges. A thin white median stripe extends the discreet light blue beard. Perfect stems and exceptional vigour.
A real champion within this category! Huge flowers (16 cm x 11 cm) have a gentle flowing ruffle and the colour is deep royal purple perfectly plain, even the beards are purple. Each 6 to 8 budded stem has 2 to 3 flowers opening simultaneously. Excellent growth.
A really classy descendant of "Wishful Thinking". Rosy lavender standards and falls of the same colour but lighter, except on the edges. White beards tipped with light tangerine. Robust, malady-resistant and up to 10 buds per stalk.
Dark beauty and a son worthy of our excellent creation "Mer du Sud", "Java Bleue" is of an even more intense and perfectly unified blue - including the beards. The medium-sized flowers are pleasantly but not excessively waved. Numerous buds per stalk, at least 10, ensure a long flowering period. Quite compact foliage.
Clear pale blue like a cloudless spring morning sky, or a pale blue delphinium. The centre of the falls veers towards a soft white under the cream beards. Round, well-shaped flowers with semi-horizontal falls. Vigorous growth, healthy foliage and reliably free-flowering.
This Australian variety is a gorgeous medium pinkish lavender. The colour is uniform and set off by bright tangerine beards. Ruffled, lightly embossed borders. Good branching. A most useful colour in the garden.
If you liked "Badlands" and "Black Suited", you will no-doubt also be attracted to their slightly lighter-coloured but taller offspring, with its violet-leaning-towards-black standards of glistening satin. Plentifully branched stalks gracefully carry 9 or so superbly shaped ruffled flowers... A "full house", wouldn't you say?
Excellent in every way! Ruffled, richly coloured, plain, dark to mid purple-blue flowers, contrasting strongly against the orange beards. Superb stems bearing 11 to 12 buds. This beauty is combined with vigorous growing habits and a spicy scent. Winner of numerous prizes when it first came out.