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PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cherry Garden'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherry Garden
Hybridized by Jones; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1966

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):
High Commendation
Honorable Mention
Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Eloy On Apr 29, 2014, Eloy from Lancaster, PA wrote:

This is one of the best Standard Dwarfs. 'Cherry Garden' blooms from April into May here in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It is very hardy and very prolific, and it also has a good fragrance.

Positive eukofios On Apr 21, 2013, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very nice little iris. The first of many varieties to bloom in my garden, mid April in Vancouver WA. A welcome sight for spring.

Needs to be at front of border, raised bed, or possibly in container, due to diminutive size. Elegant color and flower shape. I bought this as a small plant on closeout, and it multiplied quickly and bloomed nicely the first spring after planting.

I'm trying to stick with historic irises, and as a 1966 introduction, this fits into that category.

Positive lillibeth On Jul 22, 2012, lillibeth from Val-Morin
Canada wrote:

I have been gardening since 1997 when we moved from the city to the country. The first plant that I bought was a Cherry Garden iris. I have bought one more the year after.

They multiplied so much that I have hundreds of them now. One year while dividing them one dropped and fell below a rock wall we have, I saw it the year after and it just grew there.

They are beautiful, I have never had any problem whatsoever, no insects, no disease. We have long and hard winters in Quebec and I only put conifer branches over them for the winter. A bit of bulb fertilizer in the spring and after flowers have faded, a bit of water when in growth and cut their leaves in the Fall. I recommend them very strongly, they are a delight.

Positive Irissimo On May 6, 2012, Irissimo from London/Kent
United Kingdom wrote:

Cherry Garden blooms early for me in London /Kent - earlier than other SDBs.

Positive Mainer On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Had this for years. Surviveved the 2003 ice storm when most of the irises did not and it looks lovely near doronicum and pink tulips blooming at the same time.

Neutral Joan On Feb 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

High Commendation 1966, Honorable Mention 1968, Cook-Douglas 1972


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Rock Falls, Illinois
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
South Paris, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Blanchard, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Auburn, New Hampshire
Union, New Jersey
Concord, North Carolina
Fargo, North Dakota
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Vancouver, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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