All You Need to Know About Iris Bulbs: Types, Planting Guide, and Care Tips


Irises are remarkable flowers that can add a touch of reserved elegance or bursting lights of color to your garden. The results of planting iris bulbs are simply stunning, and there are many varieties to choose from. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, iris bulbs are a must-have addition to your collection.

One of the best places to shop for iris bulbs is Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. They offer a wide range of iris plants that are known for their unparalleled beauty. From pastel shades to regal blues, their irises come in a variety of colors that will add a touch of gold to your yard. If you’re looking for something unique, their Dwarf Iris collection includes the easy-to-grow Ziggy, the dark and mysterious Lion King, and the graceful Fiesta Del Sol.

Growing iris bulbs is relatively easy, but there are a few tips to keep in mind for better results. Plant your iris bulbs early in the fall, as they need time to establish their roots before the cold winter months. Bearded irises prefer a sunny spot in your garden, while the Dutch irises prefer a little shade. Make sure to gently plant the rhizomes, the base of the iris bulb, just below the surface of the soil. And don’t forget to water them regularly, especially during dry spells.

One of the great things about iris bulbs is that they often rebloom in the spring, giving you double the beauty. The Re-Blooming Iris collection from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens includes favorites such as Final Episode, a beautiful blueberry purple iris, and Sugar Blues, a lacy white iris with sugar pink falls. These irises will bring memories of spring and the peak of garden beauty to your yard.

As an added bonus, some iris bulbs are also resistant to deer and rabbits, making them a perfect choice for gardens in areas where these animals are a problem. So, get ready to plant your iris bulbs and enjoy the undeniable beauty they bring to your garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, iris bulbs are an easy way to add a touch of color and elegance to your outdoor space.

So, don’t delay and start building your own iris collection. With their vibrant colors, highness, and easy-to-grow nature, iris bulbs are a must-have for any garden. Plant them early, care for them gently, and watch as they bloom into a garden full of memories and beauty that will last for years to come.


Collection Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris are a great addition to any garden, and the Collection Bearded Iris is no exception. With care and attention, these strikingly beautiful flowers will bring a burst of color and elegance to your garden.

In order to care for these beautiful flowers, it is important to plant them in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. They are easy-to-grow and require minimal maintenance. Once planted, they will grow and bloom year after year, providing you with a garden of beauty.

The Collection Bearded Iris offers a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from. From blues and purples to fiery oranges and royal reds, there is an iris for every taste and garden. Some popular varieties in the collection include ‘Katharine Hodgkin’, ‘Bernice’s Legacy’, and ‘Veronica Falls’.

The Collection Bearded Iris is known for its exceptional quality. The bulbs are carefully selected from the best growers and are of the highest standard. Each bulb is inspected for any signs of disease or pests before being shipped to your doorstep.

When the time comes to plant your bulbs, simply dig a hole, gently place the bulb in the ground, and cover it with soil. Water the bulbs thoroughly and wait for the magic to happen. In just a matter of weeks, you will see the first signs of growth as the iris bulbs begin to emerge.

As the plants continue to grow, you will be treated to a spectacular display of color and beauty. The bearded iris produces large, colorful flowers that are truly a sight to behold. Their regal appearance and graceful form make them a favorite among gardeners and flower enthusiasts alike.

One of the great things about the bearded iris is that they are reblooming. This means that after the initial bloom in the spring, they will often produce a second round of flowers later in the season. This extended bloom time adds to their overall appeal and makes them a favorite among gardeners.

With their easy-to-grow nature and stunning beauty, it’s no wonder that the Collection Bearded Iris is considered a favorite among gardeners. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these beauties are sure to add a touch of elegance to your garden.

Variety Color
Katharine Hodgkin Blue and yellow
Bernice’s Legacy Pink and white
Veronica Falls Purple and white

These are just a few examples of the stunning colors you can expect from the Collection Bearded Iris. Order your bulbs today and create a garden that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Whether you have a small garden or a large one, the Collection Bearded Iris is the perfect addition. These flowers will bring joy and beauty to your garden year after year, and the memories you create with them will last a lifetime.

Growing bearded iris in your garden

If you’re looking for a strikingly beautiful and easy-to-grow flower to add to your garden, look no further than the bearded iris. With their vibrant colors and regal blooms, bearded irises are sure to be the star of your yard.

Bearded irises come in a wide range of colors, from the deep blues of “Dark Falls” and “Blueberry Bliss” to the bright gold of “Ziggy” and “Sugar Blues”. For a more reserved beauty, try the pure white blooms of “Lights of Excelsior” or the rich black of “Midnight Fiesta”.

Bearded irises are known for their large, showy flowers, which make a great gift or a stunning addition to any flower arrangement. The flowers have a distinctive “beard” on their lower petals, which adds an extra touch of elegance. Plus, many bearded irises are re-blooming, meaning they’ll flower not once, but twice in a single growing season.

Bearded irises are perennial plants that grow from rhizomes, which are a type of underground stem. They’re best planted in the fall, so they have time to establish their roots before the cold winter months. When planting your bearded irises, choose a sunny site with well-drained soil.

To plant your bearded irises, gently dig a hole and spread out the roots of the rhizome. Make sure the rhizome is just barely covered with soil, with the top of the rhizome showing above the ground. Water your newly planted irises well, and they’ll soon be on their way to becoming a focal point in your garden.

Bearded irises are known for their resistance to pests and diseases, making them a low-maintenance plant for your garden. They’re also a drought-tolerant plant, with their deep root system allowing them to withstand dry spells.

When it comes to caring for your bearded irises, there are a few tips to keep in mind. After they’ve finished flowering, remove any spent blooms to prevent disease. In the fall, trim back the foliage to about 6 inches above the ground. This will help prevent disease and make it easier for the plants to come back strong the following year.

With their unique coloring and striking blooms, bearded irises are sure to be a showstopper in your garden. Whether you’re looking for a splash of royal blue with “King’s Legacy” or a burst of vibrant pink with “Bernice’s Legacy”, there’s a bearded iris to suit your taste.

So why wait? Plant some bearded iris bulbs in your garden today and enjoy the beauty they bring for years to come.

Re-Blooming Bearded Iris – Bernice’s Legacy

Re-Blooming Bearded Iris, known for their vibrant blooms and elegant stature, are a beloved addition to any garden. One such variety, Bernice’s Legacy, stands out for its striking blend of sapphire blues and golden hues. With its bold black beards and ruffled petals, this iris is a true showstopper.

This iris variety is an easy-to-grow perennial, making it a favorite among gardeners of all skill levels. Its vigorous rhizomes can be planted in the fall, and within a short time, you will be rewarded with a profusion of blooms. Bernice’s Legacy is known to bloom twice a year, with the first burst of flowers occurring in early spring and another in the fall.

The stunning beauty of Bernice’s Legacy is further enhanced by its delightful fragrance. The flowers exude a sweet sugar-like scent, filling the air with a sense of bliss. This variety also boasts a long blooming period, extending your enjoyment throughout the growing season.

One of the standout features of Bernice’s Legacy is its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. Whether you have sandy or clay soil, this iris will adapt and flourish. It prefers full sun but can also tolerate some shade. It is important, however, to provide good drainage for the rhizomes to prevent rotting.

When planting Bernice’s Legacy, it is best to space the rhizomes about 20 inches apart to allow for proper growth. Plant them gently, with the rhizome base just above the soil surface. Water the newly planted irises thoroughly and then only when the soil becomes dry.

Bernice’s Legacy is a part of the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) specie, which is known for its sturdy stems and large flowers. This specie includes a multitude of stunning varieties, each with its own unique characteristics. With vibrant blues, rich purples, and mesmerizing patterns, there is an iris that will suit every taste and preference.

The history of Bernice’s Legacy can be traced back to the renowned iris breeder Katharine Schreiner of Schreiner’s Iris Gardens. This variety is named in memory of her mother, Bernice. Bernice’s Legacy is truly an ode to the immortality of memories and the enduring beauty of nature.

If you are looking to add a touch of elegance to your garden, Bernice’s Legacy is an excellent choice. Its regal blooms and vigorous growth make it a standout performer. Whether planted in groupings or mixed with other perennials, this iris will surely be a focal point in any garden setting.

So, why wait? Order your Bernice’s Legacy iris bulbs today and create a lasting legacy in your own garden. Let the vibrant blues and golden hues light up your yard and bring joy and beauty to your outdoor space.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.