Horikiri Shouben Iris garden - June 2021
A short 10 minute walk from Horikishouben station, through some hydrangea lined pathways, you can find Horikiri Shouben Iris Garden.
This traditional Japanese style garden, popular since the Edo period, hosts approximately 2000 irises with around 200 different kinds. The irises have been brought from different countries from around the world and all labeled immaculately.
When we visited, it was slightly raining with a cloudy sky which contrasted beautifully with the fields of purple, white, blue and pink irises.
There are different names for the different types of Iris flowers:
ハナショウブ, 花菖蒲 - hanashōbu - Iris ensata
Grown on wetland, flowering early June - late June. Red purple and purple colour. This is the most popular variety in Japanese gardens and commonly known as the 'Japanese iris' around the world.
カキツバタ, 杜若 - kakitsubata - Iris laevigata
Grows in water or wetland, flowering mid-May to late May. Flowers are blue, purple and white.
アヤメ, 菖蒲, 文目 - ayame - Iris sanguinea
Grows on dry land, flowering Early May - Mid June. Flowers are purple, and rarely white.