A key component to modern hybrids is developing not only prettier iris but better growing iris. Here's and example.
Golden Panther is an amazing golden bronze color but also has substance. This means that the petals have a certain thickness making them more stable in rain. Notice that these erect falls are undaunted by the recent downpour. This was the American Dykes Medal winner in 2009.
|'Golden Panther' (TB Richrd Tasco '00)|
|'Gibson Girl' (TB J.M.Gibson 1946)|
|'Dancing Star' (TB Thomas Johnson '09)|
|'Flash of Light' (TB Thomas Johnson '08)|
Total recall has been moved so many times that I THINK it is blooming in several spots my yard. As its name implies it reblooms again in the fall, but not here! There are only a few, particularly 'Immortality,' that I can rely on to rebloom in our climate.