Iris ‘World Premiere’

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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.

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‘World Premiere’ has received several awards.

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3 Comments on “Iris ‘World Premiere’”

  1. TheDigger
    June 3, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Ooh, that’s a nice one. I’ve probably got room for more irises *makes lawn smaller*. Yep.

  2. Meriel
    June 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Lovely, even though not remotely white. I like the contracting blues.

    • thebikinggardener
      June 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      I think it would be white (or paler) if we had some sun to bleach it – but that seems increasingly unlikely. Fingers crossed for some summer soon.

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