Learn about many of the different types of Iris flowers and choose one (or more) to add to your own garden.

Different types of irises



Why wouldn’t you want to add Iris bulbs to your garden? With their pops of brilliant color and interesting shapes, Irises are a flower worth your time. When planted correctly in the fall, they will cause a spectacular show of color and interest in the spring.

There are many types of Iris from which to choose, including Bearded Iris, Dutch Iris, and more!

In this podcast (and on the page below), learn about 7 of the many types of Iris flowers. In addition, you’ll learn quick tips for planting your spring-blooming Iris bulbs as well as recommendations for tools and supplies you may need to get started. This episode is meant for you, the beginning to an intermediate gardener, who wants to learn more about Irises for your own garden. 


If you’re looking for a great, easy-to-grow Iris bulb to order and plant now, there are so many beautiful options to choose from! Do you prefer tall Irises? Multi-colored? Purple? Fragrant? These multi-colored Bearded Iris bulbs would be perfect for your garden because they offer vibrant color, variety, and tons of interest. Plus, they’re deer-resistant! Plant them this fall for a spring-blooming frenzy of color! 


Types of Iris

  1. Bearded
  2. Beardless
  3. Dutch or Spanish
  4. English
  5. Siberian
  6. Crested
  7. And Miniature or Standard Dwarf types

How to Plant Iris BulbsIris bulbs

Irises are arguably one of the most beautiful spring-flowering plants. If you are ready to add them to your garden, then you should think about getting them planted anytime between July and September, as this is the prime time to do so since the night-time temps are around 40-50° F (for most zones).

Listen to this podcast for more specific information on planting Iris bulbs, otherwise, below are brief steps for you.


Iris planting steps:

  • Find the right location.
  • Dig a shallow planting hole.
  • Space each bulb 1 to 2 feet apart.
  • Place your bulb correctly (listen to this to find out how).
  • Add some bulb fertilizer.
  • Water thoroughly.



Best 3 Iris Bulbs to Plant This Fall

If you’re curious about any of the specific types we mentioned in the podcast, we found three Iris options from Eden Brothers for you to consider. All three will bloom in next spring’s garden!

By the way, we only suggest products that we have used ourselves or that have been highly recommended by other gardeners or landscape professionals. For all the bulbs below, we have a deal for you through one of our favorite suppliers,  Eden Brothers.

When you get to the Eden Brothers checkout, because we are affiliates (which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast), use our special coupon code “SPOKEN” for an extra 15% off your order!! 

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1) Best Multi-Colored Option = Bearded Iris Bulb Mix

This beautiful Iris bulb mix is amazing and full of color! This perennial mix would be perfect for you if you are looking for a lot of colors, variety, and tall flowers.

Choose from a multi-colored bag of 5, 10, or 25 bulbs to add to your landscape. Click the image or the “shop now” button below the image to find out more!


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2) Best Deer-Resistant Option = Dutch Iris Bulbs ‘Lion King‘ 

Another great option for you would be these Dutch Iris bulbs. Really, the name of this variety just screams “add me to your garden!” These bulbs bloom in gorgeous hues of yellow, orange, and even purple and will grow to a height of almost 2 ft. tall!

Choose from a bag of 25, 50, or even 100 bulbs to add to your landscape. Oh, and of course, they are deer-resistant!


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3) Best Fragrant Option = Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Bulbs ‘Clarence‘ 

This re-blooming Bearded Iris option would be perfect for you if you like tall, fragrant flowers. A huge bonus for this variety is they are also deer-resistant and slightly drought-tolerant. 

These flowers will bloom in a gorgeous light blue and will grow to a height of almost 3 ft. tall! Choose from a bag of 2, 4, or 10 bulbs to add to your landscape (although you might need to double up or divide your bulbs because odd-numbered groupings generally look best in your landscape).


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Bulb-Planting Tools and Supplies

There are so many ways to enhance your landscape with spring-blooming bulbs. Luckily, there are also several tools, supplies, and books that can help! Below we have gathered a few tools and supplies that we thought would be useful for you as you prepare to plant your garden bulbs this fall.

For example, this Tabor Tools 3-piece bulb planting tool set is perfect for your bulb planting tasks. This sturdy tool set includes a bulb planter, a dibber, and a transplanter. The premarked depths on the planter make it really easy to ensure the correct bulb-planting depth. Pick your 3-piece set today at the link below!


This tool set looks super handy for bulb planting, right?


Other Recommended Supplies: 


Bulb Planting Books

If you’re looking for further educational resources about all types of bulbs and other plants, these books below are great educational references!

The first book is one of our new eBooks which we’re so excited to show you! The two books below that can be found on Amazon at the links below.



Planting Garden Bulbs

Planting Garden Bulbs ebook












Don’t gamble on your bulb’s chance of survival. Learn to plant it right the first time!

This mini eBook is chock full of helpful tips and tricks combined with our time-tested garden maintenance experience from over 20+ years of professional landscape experience. If you want to find out more about the book, check out this page.



American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

This is a great reference guide for tons of different perennial and annual plants from the American Horticultural Society.



Video About Iris Care 

In order to help you learn more about Irises, check out the video below. We hope it is helpful!

Conclusion for Iris Types

Irises will enhance your landscape in so many ways. With all the beautiful colors, sizes, and types available, you really cannot go wrong.

With our quick bulb planting tips, tool suggestions, and books you should be all ready to plant your Iris bulbs this fall!

Now we want to hear from you!

What questions do you have about Irises? Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!



Bulb Planting References:



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Learn about many of the different types of Iris flowers and choose one (or more) to add to your own garden.


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Today’s Topic: 

Types of Iris Flowers

In this podcast, you’ll learn about seven of the many types of Irises.


Free Fall Gardening chapter from our ebook, “Four-Season Gardening”.


What You’ll Learn:

  • Types of Irises.
  • Quick Iris bulb planting tips (Listen to this or read this for more specific information).
  • Recommendations for beautiful Iris bulbs to purchase.
  • Links for further resources or education.


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