February 25, 2018

Dear Iris Friends:

We Are Now Open for Business!

Welcome to our 2018 website. 

We have five new introductions for 2018 with a special emphasis on quality plant habits. Our customers tell us they prefer iris varieties that do not require frequent transplanting and will bloom and perform dependably each spring. An iris is a perennial and should not require frequent division in our climate.  We are also purposely expanding our inventory of tall bearded irises that bloom late in the season. We who grow irises in colder climates are frequently bombarded with late spring freezes that can wipe out the early blooming varieties.  You will see the word "Late" clearly displayed in the descriptions.

For 2019 we will have more foreign introductions, the very first releases from a new hybridizer in the mid-west as well as new creations from our regular group of talented iris breeders.

We have tabs that feature our 2018, 2017 and 2016 introductions. (Note that you cannot order the 2016 selections directly from these tabs. Please go to our A-R and S-Z store tabs to purchase these.) There is a tab for a simple price list of all varieties offered that you can print off for your information.  There is also a tab for an order form if you prefer to mail us your order and enclosing check, money order or credit card number.

Our variety descriptions have been expanded this year as a photo does not begin to describe important performance qualities. It is also an attempt to begin providing expanded information on our website that was limited in our printed catalog.

Many of our offerings have multiple photos that may show a stalk in flower or a blooming clump! Once you click on the flower of a variety in the A-R and S-Z store, you will see the same photo with descriptions. Look underneath the photo on this description page for “tiny” photos aka. “thumbnails.” When you click on them, each will then appear as a full size photo. If you have photos of any varieties we offer that you would like to share, email them to us at rtgphil@gmail.com. We will plug them into the site and include your much appreciated photos if they can survive the enlargement and illumination process. Pictures do speak volumes and certainly color intensity varies in differing climates.

Winter brought us 3 very cold weeks in the Nashville area with untypical extended temperatures in the single digits with no moisture or snow cover. As this is being written, we are in the 60's with heavy rain. Trees (including those that bear fruit) are already foolishly budding. We watch closely for iris varieties that break dormancy here too early during mid-winter warm-ups. Out they go! Winter growth is a recipe for disaster!

Thank you for your purchases. We hope you enjoy the updates and expanded information on our website this year. Your comments and suggestions are desired and appreciated. We send wishes to you that your iris bloom season will be filled with sunshine and abundant bloom!

With all good wishes,

Phil Williams


email: phil@rockytopgardens.com (or) rtgphil@gmail.com

phone: 615-­274­-6426

fax: 615-­274-­6634