Iris japonica variegata
A pretty evergreen variegated Iris for sunny spots in not too cold gardens. It spreads slowly by its roots and will benefit from being cut down in the spring so you only look at fresh new leaves in the summer. It prefers acid soil but will tolerate slightly limey soil.
We use Slug Death (contains metaldehyde) on the nursery but you may rather avoid such stuff in the garden. I suspect that the sort spot this plant likes in the garden (hot and sunny) is - theoretically and fortunately - NOT the sort of place that slugs like but keep an eye open for them.
Propagated by us by division
IF IT HAS AN AMBER TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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