Dozens, if not hundreds, of new bearded iris are introduced every year and most are inevitably destined for obscurity. A few are so good or so distinctive that they become classics. There may be bigger, brighter, bolder or more unusual iris but some have some special quality or capture the imagination of gardeners enough that they stand the test of time and become classics. Among these is Schreiner’s ‘World Premiere’.
This blue amoena was introduced in 1998 and if described as having icy white standards and inky blue falls. Well maybe the weak Irish sun doesn’t have the power to bleach out that blue in the standards but they are not really ice white, even though I accept that ‘icy white’ and ‘milk white’ will have some blue in them. The blooms are large and nicely ruffled but are fairly weather proof. The falls are striped in the centre of the flower and the beard is a contrasting gold.
The flower stems are 95cm high and often open three flowers at once. It is a strong grower and increases well.
‘World Premiere’ has received several awards.