Confused?? Here are some guides to assist you in choosing the perfect Irises for your garden.
Zones: In general, you can think of zones in relation to a thermometer. The lower the temperature, the lower the zone. Plant Hardiness Zones are assigned for most areas of the world. Temperatures as well as variations based on specifics of your area such as Latitude, Elevation, Mountains and hills, and local terrain are taken into account. The best way to be sure of correctly identifying your zone is to ask your local nursery.Typically, when you read a description of an Iris, one of the first notations after the name are letters such as TB, BB, IB, SDB, MDB and MTB. These refer to the type.
Iris type: Bearded - A vigorous Iris identified by thick bushy hairs on the upper part of the falls which are the three downward curving lower petals of the flower.
Seasons are the next notation you will see when reading Iris descriptions. The actual season depends on your geographic location, but can run from late March into June and beyond with Rebloomers.
E - Early Season Bloomer
M - Mid Season Bloomer
L - Late Season Bloomer
Characteristics: Within the types of Iris, there are specific characteristics which you may wish to select.
Color Styles These terms describe the type of Iris according the color characteristics.