We had been encouraged for years to specialize in one type of iris but resisted since we love them all so much. In 2009 we finally decided that it really was time to concentrate on one iris... and since then Pacific Coast Irises have been our primary focus! Our ultimate goal is to create a living archive and in pursuit of this goal we are constantly looking for PCIs that we do not yet have in our collection. As we expand our collection, we will also expand our selection of PCIs for sale or trade; we currently grow over 240 named hybrids and greedily want more! On occasion we will also offer selections of iris including Japanese, Louisiana, Siberian, Spuria and Species irises as well as Tall, Miniature Dwarf, Standard Dwarf, Intermediate, Border and Miniature Tall Bearded Iris, although the majority of our extra stock is donated to the King Country Iris Society for their sales.
A close-up picture showing the details of an individual iris flower can show all of the intricate details, melding of colors and the subtlety of patterns, shading and tones quite well. However, a close-up does not indicate anything about the growth patterns of the plant or the significant impact that clumps of irises can have in the garden. Our Photo Galleries offer close-up photos of individual flowers as well as some photos of clumps or group plantings. We're also adding side views of Pacific Coast irses to provide a dual perspective since patterns and colors are often so subtle. If you are a local gardener, you may want to consider visiting our garden to view the iris in mature clumps.
Located in Skyway, a community to be found between Renton and Seattle in Washington, the Leonine Iris gardens are open by appointment for viewing on weekends from March until mid-June; please contact us for an appointment. In the meantime, please enjoy our photo galleries, reference materials and iris games!