My first iris orders from a hybridizer years ago were from Sutton's. They specialized in rebloomers and spaceagers, both of which interested me
The rhizomes were always good-sized (and the size of a rhizome doesn't necessarily indicate a more vigorous grower than smaller ones.) Hadn't ordered from them in awhile, but I did this year and was reminded why I often ordered from them in the past.
As for bonuses, George's generosity was unsurpassed when it came to bonus iris...as his friends in the AIS will tell you! And Mike is following in his footsteps.
On Sep 9, 2011, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
This is my second season ordering and having received this years box, I have to say I'm extremely pleased with the iris I ordered (this year and last) and a bit amazed at the bonus iris they generously included (this year and last).
To me the sizes were fairly consistant--nothing I would consider small by any means. Most had numerous increases forming along the base of the main foliage as well. Last years order bloomed true to name. Very pleased with everything I've experienced with Suttons and look forward to my fall 2012 order!
On Jul 28, 2011, TuddyE Georgetown, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I am very thankful for the bonus iris that they sent. Actually, I got bonuses worth as much as or more than my original order. They came very clean and packed beautifully.
Yes some are smaller than others, but after dividing some of my own iris, I realize this kind of thing happens. I am looking forward to blooms in the future and would definitely buy again. Wonderful selection and good quality.
I've ordered from Sutton's twice now and been pleased with the results I've had both times. The plants all started growing as soon as they were planted, most of them quite vigorously, and everything bloomed the next year. (First year bloom is usually small and short on iris sent through the mail but that is normal.) Everything was correctly labeled and the Suttons were VERY generous with bonuses, including a number of well chosen gift iris with both orders. My suburban yard is small but if I had more room, I would definitely order from them again. They have many more beautiful things than what I have room for. Darn!
On Sep 28, 2010, JenniferRuth San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
I ordered from Sutton's about five years ago and wasn't very happy with the tiny plants they sent. Encouraged by the
number of positive reports at Gardenwatchdog in more recent times, I decided to give them another chance. The irises arrived today and are in good shape. Quite a range of sizes, a couple pretty small, a few large with a bit of increase on them, and the rest in the middle. They aren't as big as most California-grown irises I've received (Sutton's is in California), but I'm sure they will make it.
Of the dozen irises I ordered, 4 were unavailable. I was very pleased with the replacements they sent, though. Three were from my "acceptable substitutes and bonuses list," one a $9 iris to replace a $6 one, another a $9 iris to replace a $4.50 one, the third an $18 one to replace a $6 one. The fourth was one of their $50 new intros to replace a $5 one. They also sent six bonuses: four of those were a second one of something I ordered, and the other two were a couple of their $50 new intros that I had put on my subs and bonuses list.
If you haven't ordered irises before, you should know that the price is mostly dependent on how new the particular iris is. If this is the first year they've brought it out, it's usually high in price--in fact, I've seen them as high as $60. Over the next few years, the price gradually comes down. But it never hurts to put some of those new ones on your subs and bonuses list. It's quite common, though never a sure thing, for iris nurseries to throw in a new intro or two. I was surprised that Sutton's sent me three, but it probably had something to do with the fact that I ordered at the end of the season. Whatever the reason, I was very pleased.
On Nov 7, 2008, Tntigger Greeneville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
Not getting to order from them last year, I wanted to get an order in this year to them. The irises we recieved were huge with great increases already on them. They were also very generous in their shipment, and we were extremely pleased with the bonus selections they chose for us. We will happily order from them again.
On Aug 1, 2008, BlissfulGarden Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
This was my first order of beareded iris. After researching which varieties might stand up to Louisiana heat and humidity, I researched who had what I wanted and placed good-size orders with five different companies who were highly rated here. I have received all the orders now, and I can say without hesitation that the Sutton's order is by far healthier, cleaner, better labeled, and better packaged than any of the other companies. I ordered two of their collections, the dwarf bearded and the warm climate rebloomers. With the collections (a total of 16 iris ordered), I received a tremendous discount over the per rhizome price, plus they included ten bonus iris. One of the bonus iris was even a $50.00 specialty selection! Their staff has also proven helpful and friendly in answering my questions about any special needs for planting bearded iris in Louisiana... information that can be quite elusive since bearded iris are generally considered "impossible to grow" here. Overall, I can say my purchase from Sutton's was extremely pleasant and positive. A+++
I have bought several rhizomes from Sutton's at their location in Porterville and at the Visalia Farmers' Market. Until I tried their reblooming iris I hadn't been a big fan of iris in general. Wow! What a show they put on! Several of the strong rebloomers flower from Late February or early March to July. Then they put a show on again in the autumn. This year I had flowers until late November! I missed the autumn planting season this year, and I am looking forward to their opening in the spring.
I found the people of the garden kind and helpful. However, the operation seems to be a bit "mom and pop." They don't seem to update their website very often. I would also like to see more photos of the iris.
On Oct 16, 2006, Cordeledawg Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I placed an order by mail on 9-26-06, just before the Oct1 season ended. I promptly received my order plus several bonus irises that I wasn't even expecting. The size of these irises are bigger than any I've ordered from other companies. Sutton's Irises are excellent!
On Sep 10, 2006, victorianangel Lake Arrowhead, CA wrote:
Was on vacation and visited Sutten's. We dropped in unanounced and at their busiest time. They were so sweet to Mom and I. Invited us in and let us place our order there. They took the time to help us know what colors they had available and talked to us about our climate and which ones would do best. I ordered some and so did my Mom. I even had mine shipped to two different places and they have all arrived on time, and beautiful sized I might add. Very Very Very happy.
On May 20, 2005, linjasar Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
They gave me great suggestions, the iris grew better than ones I had received from anywhere else, and my order was on time and correct. Plus, they threw in an extra which has turned out to be one of my favorties! I'm a very happy customer and will order from them in the future.
On May 16, 2005, turtlelu Seattle, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I ordered 10 irises from Sutton's last year (in June 2004) and received them in August. All the rhizomes were in great shape and I received some really great bonuses as well. THis spring, every single rhizome I received from them put up flowering stalks, and only one was a single stalk; the rest put up 2-4 stalks each! I would say that Sutton's irises were the most cost effective and the most successful in my garden this year. I ordered from 5 reputable mail order iris farms last year and Sutton's outdid them all.
I have ordered from Suttons 3 times including during their fall sale. The irises received were large with the majority having lots of babies attached. They were received on time with many extras that I was grateful to receive. It is getting to the point where people EXPECT to receive bonuses instead of being thankful for the free gifts the company has given. The owner was very nice and helpful on the phone. I will be ordering many more times without hesitation from this company.
On Sep 30, 2004, lanap123 Nevada, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Ordered 8 irises on 8/20 and received 12 a couple days ago. Two of the ones I ordered were out of stock so they doubled my order on two of the ones I ordered plus I received 4 bonus irises. All packaged really well and arrived in great shape. Would definitely order from again!
On Sep 23, 2004, Vashur Wichita, KS (Zone 6b) wrote:
I just received my order of a collection of reblooming iris along with 8 FREE selections of rebloomers. Now the question is where am I going to put all the extras? Heehees... The plants are really nice and healthy looking and they were exceptionally well packaged. I'd certainly order again if I could find a place for them... :)
On April 15th, 2005, Vashur added the following:
At least half of these new plantings are already showing buds this spring !!! I haven't lost any but evidently one of my cats dug up one. It's still alive but it will take some tlc.
On Sep 19, 2004, coo_sasuke Osaka Japan (Zone 9b) wrote:
I orderd from this company for the first time. The rhizomes were nicely packaged and labeled. They arrived one month later than the promised time, but they were shipped EMS and I didn't have to pay for the extra shipping cost. I ordered 16 rhizomes and received 12 bonus plants, of which 5 were their most recent introductions. The plants were healthy, and some already had new growth. I will not hesitate to order from them again.
This is a wonderful company to order from. I purchased 8 varieties from them last year and they sent me 9 bonus plants. The plants were all large and healthy. I will definately be a repeat customer!
On March 18th, 2005, cls009 added the following:
I placed another order with this company last summer and couldn't have been happier with the results. My total with shipping was around 130.00, and they sent me over 200.00 worth of bonuses. Of the iris that I purchased in the fall of 2003 almost all bloomed the first year and only one was mislabeled, I'm looking forward to seeing my iris from last fall blooming soon.
I always loose a small percentage of iris to rot over the winter, this is just one of the joys of gardening in Montana, with Suttons I have had only 1 iris rot out of probably 70 rhizomes I've ordered from them. Their iris are smaller than some places send, however I believe this is due to being in California, and not in Oregon or places that get frequent rain. The size in many cases really has more to do with location rather than quality of plant etc, and the iris I've received from them I've had around the same percentage bloom the first year as the massive ones I've received from other companies. I will definately continue to order from this company and would recommend them fully.
On Sep 29, 2003, Karensmurf Easley, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
My order from this company was sent specifically when I requested, which was superb. The rhizomes were huge and the bonuses that they sent were extremely generous. I gave permission for substitions, and in each case (only a few) where they had to substitute, the replacement was a similar, more recent introduction of greater value. One was of substantially greater value. I wouldn't hesitate to order from this company again! Excellent!
On Aug 27, 2003, wingnutdad620 Coventry, RI wrote:
Simply Wonderful. This is my first order with Sutton's and I will be a repeat customer. The plants were wonderfully packaged, all healthy and clean. I ordered 13 varities totaling $52 to "test them". I received more than that much in bonus plants. That doesn't even include the 2003 Introduction. Can't wait to see them flower next spring as all are a great size rhizome. Good communication with the owner too!
A super company. My order was shipped at the proper time and the rhizomes were healthy and a very nice size. I have planted over 200 iris varieties and I have never lost one of theirs. The bonus iris they send are very generous and their prices are very good. If you want the best value for your money and reliability, buy from Suttons
I ordered approximately two dozen iris from this company over the past three years and these have been the best iris of all. I have several hundred iris in my garden and the ones of Sutton are far superior than others that I have mail ordered or gotten locally. Sutton's re-bloomers actually re-bloom exactly as promised. Great Service too!!
You can order from this grower with confidence. I toured their gardens and met the family. I can only give the Sutton's my highest compliments as growers of excellent iris and for being really nice people!
The plants I have received were large, healthy, and fresh with many increase on each rhizome. Top quality hybrids grown to perfection!
Fantastic service, prices, and quality. They filled a rush order for me within a very short timeframe. Went out of their way to make sure I got the order on time and called to clarify details. Rhizomes arrived cross-country looking as if they had been dug the day before. Some substitutions on varieties, but all varieties they chose were identical in type and very similar in color to what I ordered. VERY generous with bonus plants. Also have very large selection. I recommend them highly.
On Oct 13, 2002, earthdude Kernersville, NC wrote:
This was my first time ordering from Sutton's. They didn't have some of the varieties I ordered (didn't charge me for the missing ones), but they made up for it very generously with bonus irises. The rhizomes arrived well-packed and nice and healthy looking. I can't wait to see how they turn out.
On Jan 11, 2002, FL_Gator Dunnellon, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have dealt with Sutton's Iris Garden several times. The first times were prior to 1997 when I was living in Kentucky. Most recently, I ordered some Reblooming Irises from then for Fall 2001 Delivery.
Sutton's provide excellent service, are willing to give advice, send excellent quality Irises, and their bonus plants are terrific. I highly recommend this company.
On Nov 30, 2001, poppysue Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
Sutton’s deals strictly with irises and has an enormous selection of both new introductions & “oldies but goodies”. Prices are great and they have a large list at $3.25 per rhizome and a list for $1.75 per rhizome. The catalog cost $3 but can be viewed on line as well. My order came promptly at my requested shipping date – and the iris rhizomes were absolutely beautiful. It consisted of 20 rhizomes and I received almost as many in free bonuses; including a couple of their new introductions I never would be able to afford at the going price. If you are an iris fancier give them a try – you won’t be disappointed.
This company is terrific! My order arrived on time, perfectly fulfilled with excellent rhizomes. In addition, the company added seven extra plants to my order, as gifts. All are of the same type as my original order, which was both generous and extraordinarily thoughtful. Gardening online or by mail doesn't get any better than this!
Last year I went crazy and ordered Sutton's Green Thumber and…[several other iris nurseries.]All rhizomes arrived in comparable good condition. I would order irises from any of these companies again; but in this climate, I would ask to have them shipped in late September.
I recently purchased from the Suttons and they were running a sale, and I purchased some iris that were being sold out. I took the chance and got the iris in mid- to late-September here in north central Wisconsin. I ordered ten rhizomes and received fourteen. Only one of the ones I ordered was sold out after being told they had it. I was a little disappointed but the extras made up for it. The size and quality was excellent and the free ones were mostly duplicates of the ones I ordered--but for the price I got these fourteen at--WHO CARES. That means I can share them in the future with friends.