Then there's stinking iris, Iris foetidissima
, whose leaves have a pungent scent but which comes into its own visually in autumn and winter, putting on a spectacular display when its huge seed pods burst open to reveal brilliant orange, sometimes red, seeds.
FOR DRY SHADE (including banks): Mahonia aquifolium, 2ft, fragrant yellow flowers in winter; Iris foetidissima
, 1-2ft, grass-like foliage, mauve flowers; Rubus, prostrate evergreen with dark green leaves.
As contrast, Ketzel combined foliage plants with interesting textures and shapes, including black mondo grass, Corokia cotoneaster, Libertia, yucca, Iris foetidissima
'Variegata', and--for a pop of bright color--Kniphofia.
Handstand sculpture, by Chris Sinnett (Chris Sinn) Dorset Tower, Ellen St, B18, by George Daley Iris foetidissima
, the 'stinking iris', by Cordelia Roberts (Dells Bells) Paradise Forum, by Alex Mason (Bikeygeek2010)
Mae yna fath arall o iris sy'n weddol gyffredin hefyd, sef yr iris ddrewllyd - sef Iris foetidissima
neu'r 'stinking iris' yn Saesneg.
Plants that immediately spring to mind include hostas, Crocus tommasinianus, Convallaria majalis (lily-of-the-valley) and two evergreens - Asplenium scolopendrium (hearts tongue fern) and Iris foetidissima
Herbaceous perennials are not quite so easy, but in dense shade consider Ajuga, Anemone japonica, Waldsternia ternate, Tiarella, Tellima, Pullmonaria saccharata, Hosta, Aruncu dioicus, lily of the valley, Iris foetidissima
and Lamium maculatum.
Otherwise known as the `stinking iris', this perennial owes its unfortunate nickname to its leaves which smell unpleasant when crushed.
This is the Stinking Iris or Iris foetidissima
and with a name like that, who on earth would want to grow it ?
In the summer our native Iris foetidissima
, foxgloves and hardy geraniums will do well.