The narrow border alongside the drive faces south.  It drains along the slope and is backed by solid concrete so it’s warm and very dry, conditions which seem to suit these irises perfectly.

 

We inherited some tall bearded irises with the garden, beautiful but liable to keel over in strong winds.  This sturdy dwarf variety – a no label plant from a street market stall – has flowers as dramatic as those of the taller plants but stems only twelve inches high.  Just the right plant for this particular place.