Erin Mills Iris Gardens
2014 Iris Catalogue ...fine quality iris for your garden

How to Grow

The Iris:
Tall Bearded Iris


Siberian Iris

Erin Mills Iris Garden
3070 Windwood Drive
Ontario   L5N 2K3



Welcome to another iris season:

We have some wonderful new varieties of iris in our catalogue listing for you to choose from.  All of our iris are Ontario grown and have become acclimatized to our Canadian winters and should usually perform better than iris that come directly from more moderate climatic areas.  

Our usual iris bloom season runs from May 15 to June 21. May 15-30 is the best time to see some of the smaller iris such as the Standard Dwarf Bearded. Tall Bearded season is from about June 1-21. Peak bloom for the Tall Bearded iris is approximately June 10. Siberians are usually in full bloom around June 7. Our iris garden is open to visitors during the bloom season. You are welcome to come by and see the iris. Phone ahead to check on the bloom season and/or to arrange a visit.

The iris varieties that are listed in this catalogue range from old favorites and proven performers to some of the newest, latest hybrid irises as developed by renowned hybridizers. None of them are likely to be available at local nurseries. The newer and rarer varieties are quite limited in supply so it is a good idea to order early to avoid being disappointed. There are only a few of some irises but for others there are lots. In addition to the very popular Tall Bearded Iris, we have a selection of Median Irises. These can add interest and extend the iris bloom period in your garden. They precede the Tall Bearded iris bloom and give early season garden color when you need it the most. They keep coming back and put on a better and better showing each successive year.

Other news, unfortunately this year we have had to increase the minimum order amounts required to achieve free shipping. The shipping costs are considerable for these orders and often they cost us much more than the amounts detailed on the ordering information page ... though if you order the threshold minimum for free shipping this could be an excellent option for the convenience of having your plants delivered right to your front door with free shipping. We are pleased to continue to offer you that option.

Check the links in the left navigation column to view our available selections of the different iris types. Have another good year in your garden...

Chris Hollinshead 

Note: Some iris listed previously may not be listed this year as they may have been discontinued or are being held back to increase stock/supply.  If there is some special or specific iris that you are looking for that is not listed please send us an e-mail message to inquire.


Iris Types Explained:

Tall Bearded Iris - (TB) Over 27 inches in height. Spectacular and showy. These are the gorgeous queens of the iris world, with magnificent 6 inch blooms displayed on tall stems.
These later-blooming irises are available in every color of the spectrum and include an incredible variety of color patterns and combinations.

Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris - (MDB) Up to 8 inches in height. These miniature gems display their splendid bloom early in the spring. Smallest and earliest to flower, they make good rock garden and border plants. 

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris - (SDB) From 8 to 15 inches in height. Also good for rock gardens and borders, they form nice clumps of color within a year or two. Flower after the MDBs.

Intermediate Bearded Iris - (IB) From 16 to 27 inches in height. Flower after the SDBs but before the TBs.

Border Bearded Iris - (BB) From 16 to 27 inches in height. Flower at the same time as the TBs. Usually more resistant to wind and rain than TBs.

Miniature Tall Bearded Iris - (MTB) From 16 to 25 inches in height. Sometimes known as table iris referring to their popular use as cut flowers in arrangements. 

Siberian Iris - (SIB) Range in size from 24 to 36 inches (with a few taller and a few shorter). A very good landscaping garden plant. Narrow foliage in a clump looks good all season long and provides a similar effect as ornamental grasses but with the extra bonus of flowers.