Garden Blog - Blog Post

Iris Sibirica


One of the plants given to me in a bucket from my partner’s parents was an iris. I’ve had it for a year or two now and recently discovered it was an Iris Sibirica (Siberian Iris). I’m not sure what variety we have (Emperor? Royal Blue?), but it is a stunningly beautiful and unusual flower.

The form is so elegant and the pattern is striking with the rich cobalt blue colouring and the scent is out of this world. We only had one flower last year but as the iris clump establishes and grows, we managed many more flowers this year. They look so delicate and fragile, held atop slender but sturdy stems and look particularly nice against the light green foliage and white flowers of the Choisya that shelters it.

I’m not a fan of the dwarf or small irises (Iris Reticulata) and I don’t like the large-leaved, fat rhizomed, bearded irises that have fussy and frilly flowers (they look over-bred). The Siberian iris, with it’s plain narrow strap leaves, strong stems and exquisite scented flowers is the definition of the perfect iris for me.

stay up to date


Enter your email address to subscribe to the Garden Blog and stay notified when new posts are available.

catch up

Recent Posts

Don't miss these recent posts.

delve deeper

Garden Blog Archive

Peruse the full Garden Blog Archive going back over a decade.

Visit the Garden


Visit the Garden at 13 Broom Acres on National Garden Scheme Open Days and by arrangement

author & gardener

Sunil Patel

I'm Sunil Patel, this is me. I created the Garden at 13 Broom Acres and I open it to visitors. I also bake and write blog posts giving a "behind the scenes" look into what it's like to maintain such a garden.

Visit the blog, then come and visit the garden. We can have a good sit-down, a jolly chinwag and a relaxing cup of tea with a sinfully generous slice of home made cake.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Jean/Jean's Garden 26/06/2012 - 3:49 am

This is a gorgeous Siberian iris; what an amazing shade of blue! I haven’t seen any before that are this intensely blue; all the blue ones I grow are more of a blue-violet.

Sunil 26/06/2012 - 9:22 pm

Hi Jean,

Thanks! I was also really struck the first time I saw this iris flower. It was given to me in a bucket and was the first iris I planted. I’ve recently obtained a few more and am trying to propagate this one from seed although none have germinated yet – perhaps division is a better way to go! Wish I could tell you the variety of his one but I’ve no idea.



Blog Post Lucky Dip

Lose yourself in garden history with over a decade of blog posts to choose from.

neighbourhood explorer

Followed Blogs

Here's a favourite list of blogs that I love to curl up with a cup of tea, slice of cake and have a good read.

stay notified

Subscribe to the Blog

Enter your email address to subscribe to the Garden Blog and stay notified when new posts are available.

email address policy

Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you email updates to notify you of new blog posts. It will not be sold to third parties nor used for advertising or other marketing purposes.

© Sunil Patel. All rights reserved