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Top Rated Bearded Irises For Your Garden

Bearded Irises, Tall Bearded Irises, Iris Bloom Times, Award-Winning Irises


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!

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
Compare All Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Guides with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
Compare All Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Great Plant Combination Ideas with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises Guides with Iris Germanica - Bearded Irises

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