Iris flowers can be exotic looking like many orchids (OK the colour range may not be as wide in the red or green). Their presence adds excitement to the sunny side of a northern garden starting from spring with the early dwarf bearded irises to Iris ensata in summer. Even if you do not fancy iris flowers, at least some of their leaves are generally ornamental grasses-liked in grace, especially the variegated ones.
Among the gardeners who enjoy growing Irises, it is more common to grow mostly hybrids and related cultivars of the so called bearded Iris, Iris sibirica, Iris ensata etc. from general garden centres or Iris specialists. Some (typically rockery gardeners) grow primarily Iris species typically available from the rock garden plant sources.
Since I am a ‘casual’ Iris gardener, I will not attempt to classify my iris plants like the serious growers. I have organized the Irises I grow into the following sections for the purpose of this web page:
Other Iris Hybrids
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