Our primary focus is on Pacific Coast Iris, although we do grow a significant representation of all other types of iris as well. Our ultimate goal is to create a living archive to preserve as many of the older Pacific Coast Iris hybrids as possible. We currently grow over 300 named PCI hybrids, along with many as yet unregistered seedlings, and are constantly seeking to expand the collection. As our collection grows, so will the number of selections that are available through our online sales. If you grow a registered Pacific Coast Iris that we do not have in our collection, we're willing to purchase it or trade for it! On occasion we will also offer selections of 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!