HotsThese vibrant ‘hot’ irises provide real impact in your garden. Their clear clean colours give you so many options. Mix with other ‘Hots’ for intensity and dramatic impact, but with the ‘Softs’ for a more subtle contrast and something surprising.Buy Hots
CoolsChoose from a wide range of cool colours; world-class ‘Blues’ to show-stopping whites, and colours in between. Mix combinations of ‘Cools’ together; or try ‘Cools’ and ‘Softs’. Remember there is so much choice with these single clear clean colours.Buy Cools
SoftsThis small group of exceptional irises contains some of the most versatile in the Collection. Plant as individual varieties, or mix these sophisticated ‘Softs’ with ‘Hots’ and ‘Cools’ to create real contrast and impact.Buy Softs
Creator of the Quintessential Modern British Iris
“The return of the English Iris”
The most successful Hybridiser of British Tall Bearded Irises in the Twentieth Century
The English Iris Company
Buy Our Exclusive Award Winning British Bearded Irises
The English Iris Company offers a range of Exclusive Award Winning British Bearded Irises that will bring style and structure to your garden.
Our Iris Pedigree
Bryan Dodsworth is the most celebrated twentieth century British Hybridiser of Tall Bearded Irises, a former President and regular exhibitor at British Iris Society Shows for over thirty years. He is the winner of twelve British Dykes Medals for Iris Hybridising.
We sell only Exclusive Award Winning British Bearded Irises and varieties that use his breeding lines. These are top of the range Bearded Irises, the 'thoroughbreds' of the iris world, and some of the best available.
Our Irises have National Collection status, approved by Plant Heritage. As a result,
you can be confident of their quality and significance.
BBC TV Gardeners World 1989-2016
BBC TV feature our irises in a GW broadcast in July 2016 with Simon Dodsworth who talks about his fathers achievements and what he is doing to preserve his father's legacy. In an earlier programme from 1989, Bryan Dodsworth explains his approach to iris hybridising.
Our irises have maintained their active appeal for gardeners and the media for over twenty five years.
Who We Are
Iris Specialists, British and independent - we only grow irises and as a result you will get help and advice from people who understand irises.
Exhibitors at RHS Shows - we open our gardens to the public and are developing collections of our irises at some high profile gardens within the UK.
We grow and breed all our irises in UK; Bearded Irises cope well with the British climate and are well-suited to climate change. They tolerate extremes of heat and cold, and bulk up quickly. As a result, you will find them easy to grow and with the right care they last for years.
Bearded Irises are the perfect garden plant.
What Makes a Perfect British Iris?
(i) Shape and Balance
There are two key ingredients: firstly, a perfectly shaped flower and , secondly, great branching. All our irises have these vital characteristics. As a result both form and structure combine to create an Iris of real style and quality.
(ii) Clear Clean Colours
A clear clean colour is the third key element. All our irises have a single colour or shades of the same colour. This is important because clear colours preserve the definition of the flower when viewed from any distance. Speak to any artist or photographer and they will explain.
Why Our Irises are Different
Our Irises combine clear clean colours, with great branching and perfect flower shape, to create a 'Perfect' Iris. This is why are our Irises are different, and why we are proud to present our Collection of Exclusive Award Winning British Bearded Irises, something that it took Bryan Dodsworth, my father, over 40 years to create.
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