Light up late winter in your garden with an iris


  • Monty says that the vibrant iris is the perfect plant to grow at this time of year 
  • Recommends growing in terracotta pots filled with a compost mix
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer your gardening queries  

Monty Don For Weekend Magazine

About five years ago I was filming for Gardeners’ World at RHS Wisley in Surrey on a bitterly cold day in early April. 

A cruel east wind was making a spring day arctic so I took refuge in the alpine house which, that exceptionally cold spring, was about the only place at Wisley that had some colour. 

And what colour! I was bewitched by the jewel-like intensity of the flowers, all growing in terracotta pots sunk into sand.

Monty grows his early irises in terracotta pots filled with a compost mix that…



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