Rhonda, I guess
it would depend on your definition of a smart choice - and what your goals
If you are
planning on creating your own Iris, then you would be looking for plants
that are good parents and have the features that you want to reproduce. The
breeders on this list could give you information on which are good choices
to get you started.
If you are
wanting to collect Iris for your own pleasure only (as I do) then to me a
smart choice would mean only choosing the plants you really like the look of
and - hopefully - do well in your garden's zone and conditions. And not
worrying about if it's "popular" or an award winner. If you choose plants
you like, and they give you joy each time you look at them, then what more
can you ask for?
I did get one response but I am looking for a variety of opinions.
All 3 of your points were of interest. My current method is your 3rd
point. I have been ordering bargains from Cooley's and selecting form the
catalog what appeals to me. I had Snow Peak and Suttons recommended by the
I just joined the AIS and the local chapter. Which should give me
access you your other suggestions. But it's still hard to choose when you
want them ALL.
Thanks so much for making a new comer to the group feel so welcome
Rochester, New York