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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

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Two Plant of the Year Finalists: New from Cayeux Iris

Posted by Graham Rice on 27 May 2010 at 03:10 PM

Iris,‘Impressions de Jouy’, Cayeux Iris. Image: ©Cayeux IrisTwo French irises were chosen as finalists for the Plant of the Year award at the Chelsea Flower Show this week. Both are tall bearded irises and both were raised by Richard Cayeux at his family’s iris nursery, Cayeux Iris, south of Paris.

‘Impressions de Jouy’ is a very dramatic plant. The boldly waved standards are pure white with a lavender haze around the edges and an occasional buttery tint at the very edge, while the falls are more tightly rippled and shade from a rich deep purple at the edge to a white centre. In the throat is a fiery orange-scarlet beard. This is a vigorous and prolific, mid season variety, named for the finely stitched Jouy tapestries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Iris,‘Rose de la Vallée’, Cayeux Iris. Image: ©Cayeux IrisThe second iris on the Chelsea Plant of the Year shortlist was ‘Rose de la Vallée’, an early to mid season variety. This is altogether softer and more delicate in its colouring. The frilly standards are pink tinted apricot in colour, with a fine butterscotch edging, while the more delicately frilled falls are a similar shade but with a striking golden cast. The beard is a vivid orange.

Both these irises feature on the Cayeux Iris stand, which was awarded a Silver Gilt medal.

Iris ‘Impressions de Jouy’ is available from Cayeux Iris

Iris ‘Rose de la Vallée’ is available from Cayeux Iris

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