With our cold and snowy winters, now is the time for spring planning and dreaming, and for me that means what new daylily (Hemerocallis) cultivars am I going to add to my collection. Few growers offer paper catalogues in the mail any more as they have became too expensive to print and mail, however with the internet there is no shortage of beautiful photos to wet my appetite.
With so many thousands of hemerocallis varieties to choose from it can be a bit overwhelming. Gardening in zone 5 I stay away from many of the evergreen daylilies as many are simply not hardy enough to preform well here. They grow, but never bloom to the perfection I see on the web sites. After that, pretty much anything goes. Some years I’m all about pastels and others I go for daylily flowers of dark striking gem tones. I’m often attracted to the large color eye zones, and then there are those with ruffled edges in gold. Spider and unusual forms are often focal points in the garden, while the shorter dwarf varieties are great for edging and containers. Obviously I am a hopeless addict when it comes to daylily plants.
This year I’m a bit undecided and all over the board for what I want, so my choices will probably include a bit of everything. I thought I would share a few of my initial thoughts on the subject, any opinions you wish to share would be welcome.
‘American Freedom’ has been available for a while, but I’ve just not got around to adding it yet. Hybridized by Grace-Smith in 2003 it is a semi-evergreen vibrant orange peach blend with a gold edge. Quite gorgeous!
‘Doppler Effect’ was hybridized by Peat in 2003. Another sem-evergreen it is fragrant, cream with a wire orange edge. Classified as a re-bloomer, but possibly won’t re-bloom here with our shorter growing season.
‘Velvet Eyes’, I love the name. A 2001 Stamile cultivar, it is a red daylily with a black eye. I find this one very striking.
‘Way Past Cool’ is a little different from what I usually pick. This one is a red purple bitone with a medium red-purple eye and white sharks teeth edges. Hybridized by Lamberston in 2003.
‘First Twilight’ by Stamile in 2005, is a hardy dormant daylily. Pastel cream pink polychrome with a gold edge. I really like the large ruffled edges on this one.