Because of the huge colour range and patterns available, the basic colour patterns have been classified. Amoena: Pale standards and coloured falls. Bicolour: Standards and falls of two different colours. Bitone: Two shades of the same colour. Blend: A mix or blend of two different colours. Luminata: Dark falls with pale area around the beard. Neglecta: Pale blue standards and darker blue falls. Plicata: White, yellow or pale pink petals, dotted or stitched with darker shades. Self: Standards and falls of one colour. Variegata: Yellow standards and red or maroon falls.
Planted en masse in borders, bearded iris put on a colourful show.