Bearded Irises are magnificent perennials that deserve a place in any garden. Available in a veritable rainbow of colors, they reward us with breathtaking colors from early spring through high summer, and sometimes again in the fall! Easy to grow, they require little maintenance, multiply readily, are deer or rabbit resistant, and quite drought tolerant once established.
The rainbow of available Iris varieties grows year after year with the regular introduction of new iris cultivars. When it comes to selecting the perfect Bearded Iris for your spring garden, the task may become daunting as there are thousands and thousands (!!!) of Bearded Iris cultivars available to choose from. A good start in your selection process would be to review those which gain the favors, year after year of iris lovers.
The American Iris Society conducts annual popularity polls of Tall Bearded Irises and then rank the top 100 Tall Bearded iris.
Here is a list of the most favored bearded irises. If they won the heart of hundreds of iris enthusiasts, maybe they will win yours!