"The Gardener's Iris Book" by William
Shear is great for learning about the various types of iris, their cultural
needs and care. It is the only book I would recommend for such information. In
my opinion, all of the other books are either incomplete or have information I
consider wrong or bad. I stock this book for sale to my customers and I
recommend it highly. I have or have grown most of the types of iris mentioned so
have personal experience on most of the topics.
"Iris, Flower of the Rainbow" is mediocre at
"The Iris" by Brian Mathew is about species iris. If
you are interested in that sort of thing, the book is a classic. If you are not
interested, the book is of little worth.
"The Siberian Iris" is very good if you are
interested in all aspects of Siberian irises. If you simply want information
about growing Siberians, the first book on the list is even better.
I own and have read all of the above iris books
and a number of others as well. Hope this information helps. You are definitely
right about the lack of useful information from that listing.
I have found some references to Iris books which are for
sale via the internet and I would like to ask you all if there is someone
out there who knows any of these books and would like to recommend any of
them to me. It's so hard to judge a book if the only things you got
are a thumbnail picture of the cover and the publisher's whereabouts.
The place to find them is http://www.proxis.be (english) and you 'll
get the list of books by just searching the database by typing the word
"iris" in the field for the book title. Thanks for your
time. We could all learn from this I hope.
FILIP VAN BOURGOGNIE
Belgian Institute for