Irises forum: You really must grow....(recommend your favourites and why)

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DC (Zone 7a)
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cwwilson3
Apr 2, 2018 8:32 AM CST
So, what is/are your favorite or couple of favorite iris that you would recommend others to grow and why. Do the colors enchant you, or the number of branches and bud count impress you? Does the vigor, disease resistance, or length of bloom season wow you? What are the iris you would always recommend?

Please include climate zone. I'm zone 7A

For vigor: Feed Back, Clarence, Pink Attraction, Harvest of Memories, Fall Fiesta, all unstoppable here, all but Fall Fiesta are reliable rebloomers for me

All-around beautiful, dependable, disease resistant: Stairway to Heaven, Change in the Weather, Conjuration, Coal Seams

Color: Paul Black, swoonworthy shade of dark purple,
Fogbound, an oldie but a goodie and parent of many iris
Jennifer Rebecca, a luscious blend of pink and lavender and reblooms in July
Rare Quality, pure white and dark blue purple
Magical, pink, ruffled, a delectable confection

I admit that reliability is very important to me, so these are not the latest iris, but they grow very well with no trouble, good increase and lovely blooms held well on the stalk.

What would you recommend to a friend and why?
Yes, I trade iris!
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
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grannysgarden
Apr 2, 2018 2:19 PM CST
cwwilson3, i would recommend that an iris grower branch out and grow some different classes of irises. Many people only grow the talls or the shorts and I think it is a shame to limit yourself to one class when each has so much to offer. The shorter the iris the earlier its bloom time.... usually. A friend of mine is always eager for her TB's to start their spring bloom season and by the time they do my shorter classed ones have been blooming a month. Just a thought.
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DC (Zone 7a)
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cwwilson3
Apr 2, 2018 3:07 PM CST
A good thought! I didn't include SDB, IB, Siberian or Japanese for fear the post would be too long, but feel free to add them in.
Yes, I trade iris!
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
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grannysgarden
Apr 2, 2018 3:09 PM CST
And AB's if your location will allow. I grow a few LA's too. Smiling
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 2, 2018 3:58 PM CST
I love the colours and patterns in irises that are rare in flowers. I love blues, blacks, stripes, plicatas and broken patterns. Bud count, form and other desirable qualities are not important to me unless there are multiple irises with similar looking flowers. In that case, I pick the best one overall.

Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
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Bonehead
Apr 2, 2018 4:08 PM CST
I occasionally open these plant-specific threads and am almost always disappointed by the mysterious and unexplained acronyms. Very off-putting to a person who is not knowledgeable about the flower. Might be nice to include in the sidebar to the right. Just a random thought. Tiptoeing away now...
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 2, 2018 4:36 PM CST
That's a good point Deb. It would be nice for everyone to be able to participate. Are there other forums that use the sidebar on the right? Do you think a [sticky] thread for abbreviations would suffice?
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 2, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Here is a list of abbreviations...
http://wiki.irises.org/Main/In...
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
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Bonehead
Apr 2, 2018 5:20 PM CST
I'm not sure how the right sidebar works, but that would seem to be a good spot for some basic info. I run into the same thing in the daylily forum, I have no idea what those folks are ever talking about. I use a PC to access this site and there is plenty of room on my screen, but I get that others might not have that (particularly cell phone people).
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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 2, 2018 6:18 PM CST
If i were not so lazy i would write all the words out. It is impolite not to..... and i am such a creature of habit. Glare Good idea Deb. Thumbs up
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Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Apr 3, 2018 1:19 AM CST
I know that you said two but I could only narrow it down to the following;

Iris chrysographs.............
Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/11b16aIris chrysographs by longk48, on Flickr

Iris confusa "Martyn Rix"...............
Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/b1ef03Iris confusa "Martyn Rix" by longk48, on Flickr

It has fantastic foliage all year...............
Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/986072Iris confusa by longk48, on Flickr

I allow Iris foetidissima to self seed around as it can produce fantastic variations in colour..............
Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/6ae052Iris foetidissima by longk48, on Flickr

Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/2ae1efIris foetidissima by longk48, on Flickr

Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/73751dIris foetidissima by longk48, on Flickr

Finally, Iris japonica.............
Thumb of 2018-04-03/longk/5ba165Iris japonica by longk48, on Flickr
Salvia and anything unusual
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Apr 3, 2018 4:02 AM CST
Beautiful Longk!

For Vigor


All-around beautiful


Color


for Form




All grown in Zone 5B

I could have listed many for each hybridizer and for each class, I'm sure on another day I'd list different ones, It's really hard to limit this. Smiling
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 3, 2018 7:34 AM CST
"All-around beautiful, dependable, disease resistant;"

A variety of iris that best meet this criteria in my garden are:

This one never quits, also holds up well to heavy rain.

A very bright yellow with good substance, the Quaker Lady in the background is also outstanding.

Hands down the best Blyth I have ever grown.

I got this as a bonus. It is an amazing grower and bloomer. Very large blooms.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 3, 2018 2:52 PM CST
Blackbird Landing is beautiful. Why haven't I seen it before?

@cwwilson3, I would recommend Queen's Circle for beauty and vigor.



Pond Lily, for beauty, vigor, and reliability.



and to sneak a third favorite:

Barbara My Love for beauty, vigor, reliability, and general toughness.



When I started to buy iris, I bought Wister medal winners that I liked. (I
don't like them all.) I haven't been disappointed in any of them as far as
garden performance goes.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Apr 4, 2018 2:35 PM CST
Here are my thoughts on the matter but like many say, it may change tomorrow!
For Vigor: Mary Frances, Blue Rising, Ocean Pearl (sdb) Dream Team
All Round Beauty: That's All Folks, Daring Deception, Better Than Butter, Wedding Belle, Highland Lord
Color: Social Graces, Machismo, Mer de Sud, In Love Again, Bottle Rocket (Can you tell I like pink?)
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 4, 2018 3:04 PM CST
I've only been exploring the world of newer iris varieties for the last 4 or 5 years, so I'm still making decisions on my favorites. But I can say I'm finding IBs (Intermediate Bearded) to be generally a class that performs well for me. I find them particularly useful in the garden because they start blooming just after spring bulbs when I often find the garden lacking in color during that period just before the late spring perennials show off (tall bearded irises, peonies, and so many others).

Deb, I've often jumped into plant specific threads with abbreviations that had me scratching my head, but have found folks on this site are typically quite helpful and happy to answer any of my newbie questions. It is how I've started corresponding with so many people who I now consider friends. I hope you'll feel free to simply ask and join the conversation rather than feel put off.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 4, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Jane, I wanted to suggest Better than Butter as well. It is very bright and cheerful, flowers heavily and for a long time, and is a ferocious grower. Thumbs up
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DC (Zone 7a)
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cwwilson3
Apr 4, 2018 8:42 PM CST
What fantastic irises! I very much appreciate seeing the informative responses as it's hard to know which lovely iris is also a good grower. Keep the posts coming!
Yes, I trade iris!
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 4, 2018 9:22 PM CST
Neal, I find myself getting more and more intrigued by IBs and BBs, too. There are a lot of very pretty ones, they don't take up a lot of room, and they bloom before the big guys. Smiling
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 4, 2018 11:40 PM CST
AndreaD said:Jane, I wanted to suggest Better than Butter as well. It is very bright and cheerful, flowers heavily and for a long time, and is a ferocious grower. Thumbs up
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Andrea ~ I have probably told you before, Better than Butter is a beauty! Lovey dubby
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