Iris laevigata 'Weymouth Midnight'

Iris laevigata 'Weymouth Midnight'

Iris Versicolor 'Between the Lines'

Iris Versicolor 'Between the Lines'

View our range of water plants and irises


We are delighted you have taken the time to visit our website and hope that here you will find that special plant for your pond or wetland area.

Rare Plants

Roadford Water Gardens is a small nursery on the edge of Roadford Lake in Devon and specialises mainly in irises that thrive in boggy or wet soil. Some of the plants we sell are increasingly difficult to find. We hope that by making them available to buy through our website they will continue to grace gardens for many years to come. All irises and water lilies are increased by division so that provenance is guaranteed. Some plants are more common but just as beautiful. So they too are offered through our website, and will make colourful, easy-to-grow additions to any bog garden or pond.

Mail Order

Browse through our mail order plant list and imagine how these magnificent flowers could enhance your pond, bog garden, damp meadow, lake or stream. Water iris species include iris pseudacorus, iris laevigata, iris versicolor, iris virginica and iris fulva - all irises which can grow in shallow water  -  and iris ensata which grows in the bog garden rather than the pond. The range of plants is huge, so if you do not see the iris you are looking for on our website, please ask. 

The Rowden Collection

We have John and Galen Carter of Rowden Gardens to thank for increasing the variety of water irises available. They created a superb selection of irises at their nursery in Devon, some of which are now available through this website.

Baby Water Lilies

We also offer a small range of delightful miniature water lilies suitable for small ponds and tubs.

Blog Spot

English weather and irises

English weather and irises

Well, hopefully we are coming out of the worst of the weather now ... but I shall be careful about what I say after the last blog!

We have yet to see what effect the weather has had on our plants but generally speaking the beardless irises we grow at Roadford Water Gardens are fairly robust and have survived some pretty harsh conditions over the last few years.

I shall be busy weeding in the next few weeks and giving all the irises a good feed. This will encourage strong growth and flowering in the season to come. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing colourful blooms. A bit of sunshine wouldn't go amiss either!   More...