TB - Tall Bearded Irises
Tall Bearded Irises are the most common group of irises, often called garden irises. In this group you will find large-flowered irises, usually 70 cm to 120 cm high. In Europe, they come into bloom on around 10th May. We cultivate them with love in South Moravia region of the Czech Republic. They are easy to grow and fully frost-resistant. From tens of thousands of bred varieties you can find here our selection of the best, easily grown sorts coming mainly from European and American breeders. Flowers are large, mostly wavy, sometimes of exotic shapes, one- or multicolored, differently dotted or stripped, often pleasantly fragrant. Flowers grow on one main and 2-4 side stems. Each of them has 1-3 buds, so 7-12, even 15 flowers gradually bloom in one plant. These irises love sunny locations; they can be planted individually, or together with other perennials. Flowers are very suitable for cutting.
For better orientation, TB irises on these pages is possible to sort by height into two groups:
Tall Bearded Irises - higher than 90 cm
Tall Bearded Irises - up to 90 cm (71-89 cm) high
They can also be sorted by flower color, fragrance or flower type:
Self – i.e. one or more tones of one color
Bicolor – i.e. two different basic colors
Plicata – striped, dotted, splashed etc. on a white or colored base
Space Ager – with beards extended to a few cm in length - in the form of horns, spoons...
Broken Color – basic dark color with wild light splashing, or light background with dark pattern
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ABSOLUTE TREASURE (Tasco 2005)
Standards sky blue, falls slightly lighter, extremely ruffled. Beards white. Slight sweet fragrance. Height 110 cm. The best blue iris for me, great!
AILE VOLANTE (Cayeux 2013)
Standards salmon pink, violet infusions on edges, laced, falls light pink with a wide magenta border. Beards coral red, elongated to long magenta-violet spoon. Unique Space Age sort, breathtaking...
ALL AFLUTTER (Byers 1994)
Bright white flowers, beards red orange with long, very pale blue flounce turning up at end. SA type. Flowers of medium size, ruffled. Slight sweet fragrance. Unique Space Age type.
ALL ASHORE (Black 2013)
Strong and heavily ruffled flowers. Standards cream, mid violet infused midrib, falls mid dark violet- blue center blending to light slate-blue margin, brassy olive at base. Beards burnt-orange. Pronounced sweet fragrance.
AMPLIFIED (Ghio 2000)
Deep orange yellow standards, slightly darker on the edges. Wide orange yellow falls with red beards. One of the best variety in this colour category. Exceptional form with strong ruffles. Late flowering season.
ANYTHING GOES (Hager 1998)
Raspberry pink standards, deeper rose falls distinctly veined, bright tangerine beards. Big flowers, nicely ruffled. Perfect branching of the stem, good bud count. Prolific and vigorous, healthy growth.
ARISTOCRACY (Keppel 2006)
Rich color of royal purple standards and falls, round ruffled and lightly laced form. A hazy blue wash accents the light blue beards. Strong and tall stature. Precious form.
AS YOU WERE (Stahly 2001)
Standards and falls light pink, ruffled and lightly laced. Beards fire-red, elongated to pink flounces. Height 95 cm. Ellegant iris of the Space Age type.
ASK A LADY (Blyth 2005/06)
Standards white with fine pink venation, falls broad, curved, gold and deep pink at base, darker venation, beards white, tipped orange. Fine spicy fragrance.
ATRAKCIA (Mego 2013)
Standards snow white, falls closely spaced rays of dense violet dots on white base, 1 cm white border, near beards pale smoky brown. Beard hairs based cream-white, tips tangerine. Slight sweet fragrance. Excellent sort bred by Slovak breeder Anton Mego.
BATIK (Ensminger 1986)
Royal purple flowers irregularly spattered and streaked with white markings, ruffled. Beards light orange. May reach only 60 cm height in very dry and sunny places.
BEL AVENIR (Cayeux 2008)
Standards soft lemon, more intense at the base, falls cream white with a wide deep blue-violet border, edges waved. Beards orange, edged with yellow. Slight pleasant fragrance of the flowers. Beautiful iris, the best of this combination of colours.
BEWILDERBEAST (Kasperek 1995)
Standards and falls with outrageous combination of purple, gold and white, yellow-brown beards. Well-branched stem, reliable grower.
BRATISLAVAN PRINCE (Mego 2009)
Flowers wavy, standards light orchid-lavender, huge cream-brown border, falls velvety dark blue-purple, few white lines at edge, small white area stitched purple brown near brick carrot beards. Slight sweet fragrance. Excellent sort from the Slovak breeder Anton Mego.
BRIDAL PARTY (Johnson 2006)
Standards eggshell white, slight buff-pink upward flush, buff gold flush at edge, lightly laced gold edge. Falls cream ground, medium gold haft, slight downward flush to narrow peachy buff edge. Beards bright tangerine red. Slight fragrance. Strong, vigorous and healthy growth.
BY JEEVES (Blyth 2008)
Standards lavender lilac, falls rich violet with lilac edge, heavily veined white pattern around beards, very ruffled. Beards bright tangerine. Pleasant sweet fragrance.
CANDY CANE CUTIE (Maryott 2000)
Standards white, with light apricot shadow, falls white, even violett or maroon veining near full length, diffusing at end with white band. Beards bright tangerine. Lovely sort.
CANDY COLOURS (Blyth 2009/10)
Standards coral orange, lightly ruffled, falls coral orange-sienna, large violet flash beside and below beard, ruffled and flared. Beards orange. Fine pleasant fragrance.
CAPRICIOUS CANDLES (Meininger 2000)
Flowers ruffled, standards lemon orange, edge pale gold, falls pale lemon center with darker veining, edge pale gold. Beards prolonged, orange. Slight sweet fragrance. Excellent sort belonging to SA (Space Age) type.
CARNIVAL OF COLOR (Black 2009)
Standards warm white blushed metallic pink over center blending paler toward edge to darker tan-gold margins, fine darker pink veins, falls pale cream-white center, haft heavily veined tan brown to wide gold peach haft margin extending way down, medium metallic peach sheen over center veined and washed dark violet, ruffled. Beards bright orange. Pronounced sweet fragrance.
CELEBRATION SONG (Schreiner 1993)
Apricot-pink standards nicely complement the ruffled blue-lavender or light violet falls. Beards orange. Highly valued sort, delicate flowers. Excellent growth and rich flowering. Fine fragrance.
CELEBRATION SONG (Schreiner 1993)
Standards pink-white, falls white with sky blue border. The edges of the flower are gracefully waved. Beards promiment, tangerine orange. Height 80 cm.
CELESTIAL EXPLOSION (Tasco 2004)
Standards violet, falls cold white ground heavily peppered violet, darker violet rim. Beards white, tipped golden yellow. Sweet, pleasant fragrance.
CHAMPAGNE WALTZ (Schreiner 1994)
Standards apricot yellow, falls ruffled, creamy white with apricot yellow edge. Beards tangerine orange. Fine sort, good also in combination with high perennials.
CHARLESTON (Keppel 2002)
Standards white with broad blue violet edge, falls white with darker blue edge. Flowers very ruffled and laced. Beards blue white, light yellow in throat.
CHASING RAINBOWS (Hager 1995)
Standards peach pink, purple blended up midrib, falls buff, lavender and blue blend, violet veins, ruffled. Beards tangerine. Fine combination of colors, very suitable for a vase.
CHEAP FRILLS (Black 2009)
Standards peach orange, darker toward edge, falls white, light cinnamon peach plicata washed and dotted margins and base. Beards dark red-orange. Flowers heavily ruffled and laced, slight sweet fragrance. Strong and vigorous growth.
CHELSEA BLEU (Cayeux 2004)
Standards pale blue washed lavender, falls velvety pansy violet; beards bright orange-red. Pleasant slight fragrance. Very beautiful French sort.
CHEVALIER DE MALTE (Cayeux 1998)
Standards light pinkish chamois, falls bright pinkish purple, large cream to salmon center. Beards bright, orange red. Excellent sort with perfectly branched stem. Fine fragrance.
CLOTHO'S WEB (Mego 2009)
Flowers wavy, standards blue, lightly stitched white at base, falls blue purple, around beards blue is overlaid with white veins, edges irregularly marked with light white commas. Beards cream base, tipped light orange, white at end. Slight sweet fragrance. Fine sort bred by Slovak grower Anton Mego.
COLETTE THURILLET (Cayeux 1991)
Standards light tan, falls clear rosy red, narrow tan border. Beards tangerine red.
CONJURATION (Byers 1989)
Standards white, lightly infused pale violet blue, falls white, suffusing to deep bright amethyst violet edge. White, horns-like beards tipped tangerine (SA Type). Flowers ruffled. Late flowering, very long and slim inflorescence. One of the most popular irises.
CONNECTION (Ghio 2000)
Standards blue white, ruffled, falls purple, shoulders blended with red, white stripes around red-orange beards. Healthy growth.
COPATONIC (Blyth 1995)
Standards russet brown, falls ruby brown with russet brown edge, heavily ruffled. Beards mustard yellow. Height 85 cm. Excellent grower, fine brown sort.
CURLY ZLATOVLÁSKA (Mego 2015)
Standards lemon yellow, falls somewhat lighter in center, vvery ruffled. Beards golden yellow. Height 85 cm. Fine yellow iris from Slovak breeder.
DARCY'S CHOICE (Schreiner 2007)
Standards light yellow, falls claret magenta with white blaze around beards. Beards yellow in throat, cream in middle, white at end. Flowers nicely ruffled.
DESTINED TO DANCE (Blyth 2010)
Standards icy white with a slight blue cast, falls icy white, bluish cast and faint blue center line on first day, then fades away, greenish yellow at the base. Beards white base tipped lemon. Wide, flared and ruffled flowers, slight sweet fragrance. Exceptional stem branching.
DEVONSHIRE CREAM (Sutton 2000)
Standards cream white, heavily ruffled, falls cream white with dark lemon hafts. Beards yellow at base, white at end. Flowers beautifully ruffled. Slight spicy fragrance.
DIPPED IN DOTS (Black 2011)
Standards chalky slate white, greenish gold flush up midrib, wide brassy gold blended band. Falls white, plicata washed mid purple overall becoming heavier toward edges, narrow plum brown band rimmed brass gold. Beards violet white base, tips old gold. Pronounced sweet fragrance.
DOODADS (Black 2004)
Flowers ruffled, standards pearl, violet midrib flush, narrow yellow gold band widening at base, falls violet blue, gold rim and haft. Beards yellow gold, violet flounce edged spoon. Flowers slightly fragrant. Beautiful iris…
DRACULA'S KISS (Schreiner 2009)
Standards dark purple, falls elegantly ruffled, dark purple-black. Beards bright tangerine orange. Robust and healthy growth. Plant height 90 cm.
DRIFTING BUBBLES (Ghio 2005)
Standards warm light pink, deeper at base, falls light pink, deeper at shoulders. Beards light tangerine, tipped white. Height 100 cm.
FLASH OF LIGHT (Johnson T. 2008)
Standards white, hint of blue surround. Falls dark blue, large white blaze around bright gold-yellow beard, very ruffled. Slight sweet fragrance.
Flowers of a very faintly bluish shade rather than pure white with some greenish-yellow veining on the haft and a deep yellow beard. Wild species, coming from Italy and Southern Europe. Flowers very pleasantly fragrant!
FLORENTINE SILK (Keppel 2005)
Standards peach pink standards, wide ruffled lavender violet falls with a thin rosy pink band. Coral orange beards. Healthy growth, fine colour combination. Excellent sort…
FOOTLOOSE (Schreiner 1993)
Standards violet-pink stitched on almost in´visible white ground, falls white ground stitched purple, more intensively on the edge. Beards ocher yellow. Flowers ruffled, very early bloom.
FOR LOVERS ONLY (Black 2008)
Standards and falls heavily ruffled and lightly laced. Standards medium pink, falls wide, palest pink with medium pink diamond dusted bases and wide blended pink margins. Beards white tipped coral pink, white at end. Slight fragrance. Healthy, vigorous plants produce show stalks with 9-10 buds.
FUTURISTE (Cayeux 2002)
Standards white, ruffled, falls white with large bright blue violet border. Beards white, tipped yellow. Very beautiful French sort.