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The Gravel Garden - Beth Chatto. A peach helianthemum, blue iris, salmon oriental poppy, 2 varieties of euphorbia, pink phlomis, nepeta, artemesia frigida, stipa gigantea

Bryan's Ground in Herefordshire, designed by owners David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell. Described by Monty Don in The Observer as 'my kind of garden'.

The iris is at once delicate and rugged, its petals as weightless as butterfly wings floating on sturdy stalks and caged in by imposing, spear-like leaves. CH

'Gerald Darby' iris (Iris x robusta): some of the foliage and the stems are purple. It's a siberian iris, so no beard. Flower is also purple. Tubers on eBay.