Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Cherry Garden'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherry Garden
Hybridized by Jones
Registered or introduced: 1966
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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:

Medium Purple


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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(2 reports)

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

Sheridan, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2015, bottlegreen from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

From its photos, this looks just generically iris-y. But in the garden, it's lovely: a wonderful color that goes with the pinks, purples, and blues that appear at the same time. The earliest of my dwarf irises. Vigorous and prolific, problem-free. I now have 3 clumps from the single rhizome I purchased 3 years ago.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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

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