Siberian iris is a quiet pleasure

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The brief pleasure of Siberian iris

Before the frothy bearded irises grab our attention, the Siberian iris provides several days of quiet loveliness. While there are larger, showier varieties of Siberian iris, the old cultivar “Perry’s Blue” remains a favourite because of its quiet dignity. If it can be sited where it is backlit by the late afternoon sun the effect is magical. Despite the brief show, it is worth finding space for them: the narrow upright leaves make a long-lasting and trouble-free contribution to the border. Once established they can be surprisingly tollerant of mid-summer drought.