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Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

Posted by ctreynard Zone 6--Chicopee, MA ( on
Tue, Aug 19, 08 at 6:49

Hey, all! Brand new to irises, and finally have a smallish patch of land to put them on. :) Could you recommend your fave iris? I'm looking for bold, beautiful, (rebloom or long lasting would be nice), and FRAGRANT! I'd love to be able to plant at least a couple of tall, dwarf, and intermediate.
And if you have a nugget of iris advice, I'd love that too...gardenweb is truly an indispensible resource.

Thank you for helping me to create my patch of eden. :)

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RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

Whoops...forgot to ask, if you could post your fave grower as well, that would be very helpful. :)

RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

Hi ctreynard,

I have grown just a few irises for some time, so don't have a lot of iris wisdom, but do suggest you reading the FAQ here, particularly Here It covers bed prep, drainage, and spacing.

It does not cover fan direction though. Here is a good read too about fan directional placement that is some 'good to know' info.

Favorite grower? This year I discovered a local grower of 1000 irises, and visited the farm during peak TB bloom time. Prices start at just $1, most are $2-$3, but run up to $30 for some recent introductions.

There is no on line site, but here is the info.

7131 E. 550S
Franklin, IN 46131-9237
Many varieties of bearded iris, daylilies, and hostas. Price list $5 refundable.

She has 1000 varieties of Iris
1,500 varieties of Daylilies
Over 400 varieties of Hosta

Next season I will probably limit my ordering to a lot of the many ones listed as reblooming. She only lists irises as rebloomers, if they have reliable rebloomed for her in the past.


RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

Hi, I'm certainly not an iris expert but I am very much interested in the reblooming irises. I am building a collection of them to see which rebloom the best in my area. I have several starting to show buds now and Immortality (a white with a bluish cast)is blooming now. Since you are starting your own collection you might look into the rebloomers since it's pretty exciting to see iris blooming twice a year.

The website that have used for 2 years for rebloomers is linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: C and T Iris Patch

RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

Thank you so much for the advice as well as the grower info! :) I appreciate it!

RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

If you're looking for a specific cultivar name, I'd pick Tom Johnson. It doesn't rebloom, but it is everything else you desire plus a unique fragrance. It is excellent in every sense of the word.

Mike in SC

RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)

First for Tall Bearded:
Dusky Challenger
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For miniatures ie SDB's
1st. Bluebeards Ghost
Not particularly fragrant but blooms over a long season and is an outstanding little guy. If any sdb wins the Dykes it will be this one.
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2nd Death By Chocolate
Fragrant is this little guys nickname
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3rd Zoomfoomaboo
Dramatic color- wonderful fragrance-long season
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IB's are a lot dependant on your tastes There are some great ones.

RE: Pick your fave iris to recommend...:)


What beautiful pictures; thank you so much for sharing. :)

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