And you ought to get some pics of each in the database, too, please--I'd like to see 'em!
I gave many irises to passers by and shipped a bunch out last year, and, as much as it pains me, I sent trailer loads to the compost pile too.
One of the things I like most about irises is that they are 'easy to grow', but, it can be a downside as well.
Here, though, in this rather austere environment, where practically nothing but bindweed and goatheads grow well, it's nice to be able to count on irises
Try some spurias--they prefer to be left alone, just be sure to give them room.
I'm currently on an Arilbred kick. So far, as a generality, it seems that they do well enough here to please me without trying to take over the world. I did have one that went crazy in a prime spot--I moved it to a harsh, lean spot with minimal irrigation and it's been very well behaved since.
I'm also a big fan of the dwarfs--easier to play plant tetris with by far.