Irises forum: TBs that make a clump quickly!

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Apr 29, 2019 2:53 AM CST
Hello, I have found that there is a big difference in the growing rate of iris. I am looking for some newer ones that grow robustly Please share which iris that you have noticed in your garden that are not over 15 yrs old that fit this description.
Gypsy Lord is one that comes to my mind first. Your help is appreciated.

Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 29, 2019 11:28 AM CST
Teresa ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

I just started growing irises (en masse) 2 years ago, so I will let the more experienced members answer your question. My first purchase in 2017 was mostly historics, so I really would like to know as well.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
Apr 29, 2019 12:42 PM CST
I have some of my mom's historic but love the really frilly ones too. I have 2 rows and have found that there is a big difference in the growth rates for some.

Maybe we will be enlighten soon, Evelyn.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Apr 29, 2019 2:02 PM CST
hi teresa.
you might think my clumps look fairly small, but that is on purpose. my growing space is very limited, and i have to purposefully keep my clumps in check.

so far my little garden has experienced tremendous growth from the following irises:

2015 sutton
'cozy cotton' a rebloomerThumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/164f4b
Thumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/5f1a74 'cozy' outgrew it's 10-15 gal. pot. during its first year. put up multiple stems and reblooms all the time. the ffe bloom was 3 months after planting and was 41" tall. which is unheard of, because my irises tend to be much shorter than the posted heights. ex: if it says 36" mine usually reach 24-30".


2004 ghio
'exposé' not a rebloomer, but reblooms for me.i love the color and striping. loved it so much i bought another iris like it 'lucy lovejoy'. unfortunately lucy isnt' performing well,Thumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/232ad1
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2013 tasco
'autumn explosion' a rebloomerThumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/9955e1
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this one had rot, but sherry/@henhouse told me not to worry it would outgrow its rot and then some. she was right.




2012 smith
'afterlife'Thumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/33ed8d i love the beards on this iris, and it performs every year, even in half shade.




2000 sutton (little beyond your date limit. but a real trooper)
not a tb but an ib. but, this one is hard to contain because it grows so well.
'concertina' a rebloomerThumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/6f1c54
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2011 ghio
this beauty is. it's wonderful to see glowing if planted in the garden where it can be observed backlit by sunset.
'dazzle'Thumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/2232c7
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2008 blyth
'by jeeves'
Thumb of 2019-04-29/shizen/95fc5f love this one, and 'capt. thunderbolt'. however, the 'capt.' doesn't grow as well for me, and so far the blooms have been really short about 10-12" and it's in its 2nd yr.



1998 sutton.
this one is way past your date parameters but i just really love this one. i like the color, form, and blooming extras.

'wing commander' not listed as a rebloomer, but has rebloomed multiple times for me.

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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Apr 29, 2019 2:50 PM CST
Just keep in my mind that what grows well in one area, may not grow well in another. I think it may be best to check with gardeners in your area on ones that do well. For instance, Gypsy Lord is a slow grower for me.

If you still want to know what grows best over here, then I'll post a list.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Apr 29, 2019 2:58 PM CST
Thumbs up i agree with rob. the flowers listed grow well for me in 10a and my zone is outside the ideal growing range for iris.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Apr 29, 2019 6:06 PM CST
Ok, that would be the best. Anyone that is zone 6b could you post what does well for you?

Thanks!!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Apr 29, 2019 6:31 PM CST
Actually Teresa, not just zone 6b but in any states surrounding you Thumbs up with the same type of terrain and summer weather habits.
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
DC (Zone 7a)
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cwwilson3
Apr 30, 2019 7:01 AM CST
I'm in Maryland 7A, and these do well here with names and suppliers:
Around the Sun, Mid America
Ashlee Noel, Winterberry
Brazilian Holiday, Schreiner's
Change in the Weather, Schreiner's
Coal Seams, Schreiner's
Celebration Song, Schreiner's
Conjuration, Schreiner's
Daughter of Stars, Winterberry, won Wister, rebloomer
Devonshire Cream
Louisa's Song
Magic Masquerade, Mid America
Mary Adele, Winterberry
Money in Your Pocket, Winterberry
Nehalem Bay, Schreiner's
One of a Kind, Winterberry
Orchid Dove, Winterberry
Petticoat Shuffle, Schreiner's
Procrastinator, Winterberry
Silk Road, Schreiner's
Uncle Charlie, Winterberry, Wister

These are older, but their form is more modern and they grow like weeds:
Change of Pace
Clarence, rebloomer
Edith Wolford
Feed Back, rebloomer
Fogbound
Ghost Town
Harvest of Memories, rebloomer
Silverado
Stairway to Heaven

Also, see www.tbfinder.com to find suppliers. I favor Schreiner's, Mid America and Winterberry Iris Gardens. Winterberry, is the garden
of hybridizers Don and Ginny Spoon. They are located in 6B in Cross Junction, VA and specialize in rebloomers.
Yes, I trade iris!
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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
cbunny41
Apr 30, 2019 7:59 AM CST
I'm in 7a but in Utah.

Merry Amigo

Wintry Sky

Mimosa

Party's Over

Genealogy

White Hot

Face of an Angel

Raven Girl
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Apr 30, 2019 9:02 AM CST
Fast growers for me:

Deborah Dances - A bit older than you wish, but tried to rebloom. Bernice Miller '01
Metro Blue - Lockatell '15 (RE)
Kwik Kash - Burseen '12
Tobacco Chew - Burseen '08
I don't have very many new ones that are excelling....

But here is a few older and worthy ones!
Mesmerizer - Byers 1990
Thornbird - Byers 1988
Cat's Eye (SDB) - Black 2002 - It grows like a weed!
Acoma - Magee 1987
Beverly Sills - Hager 1977


Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
DaisyDo
Apr 30, 2019 12:37 PM CST
Absolute Treasure. It's a relatively new one, and for me, grows and multiplies like crazy, with big, beautiful foliage and wondrous true light blue blooms, blended with white. It bloomed for me its first year, by the second year had made a large impressive clump, and even though the deer or groundhogs ate off all the new foliage last year, it bounced back and bloomed beautifully. And even though our horribly rainy Spring and Summer last year even rotted out our forsythia hedge, Absolute Treasure survived, has formed a wonderful clump, and is sending up a bunch of bloom stems in this, its third Spring. It's a thriver!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
Apr 30, 2019 7:44 PM CST
Hi, Daisy
That is good to hear about Absolute Treasure. A friend gave me a large rhizome to plant for the memory of my Mom. I hope it blooms this year.


Thanks to all that posted their best growers. I have several but always glad to look up names that I am not familiar with. Happy Gardening!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
May 1, 2019 9:33 PM CST
Daisy ~ Thank You! for sharing your experience with Absolute Treasure! This will be my first season with it and I am hoping for blooms! Crossing Fingers!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 2, 2019 11:39 AM CST
I agree Absolute Treasure is just that! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 2, 2019 1:57 PM CST
First upload from my phone.
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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
DaisyDo
May 2, 2019 2:18 PM CST
Beauties, Teresa! Do you know their names?
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 2, 2019 2:21 PM CST
Huckleberry Fudge
Decadance
Jesse's Song
This is an older bed and I didn't tag everything. Any guesses?
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
May 2, 2019 4:36 PM CST
Nice.they are beauties Teresa.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
May 2, 2019 5:19 PM CST
Nice ones Teresa! I have or have had, a lot that cwwilson listed, and I can agree, they are weeds. I think that rebloomers have to multiply faster to rebloom. I don't know that is a fact, but the ones that rebloom every year for me are taking over. Los Coyotes is a monster too.

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