Very Very Dark Daylilies

Ashwood Darkside / Sensible Gardening and Living

Ashwood Darkside / Sensible Gardening and Living

There seems to be a facination with dark or black flowers. Rose and tulip hybridizers have been after it for years as have daylily hybridizers. There are no true black daylilies but many are extrememly dark none the less and verging on looking black. Dark coloured daylilies often have  a thick substance to their petals which makes the flower look and feel like velvet.  When observing these dark cultivars I can’t help but start to think royal thoughts.

These dark toned daylilies really tend to stand out in the garden and blend in well with most other coloured plants, some what in the the same way white flowers do. I admit that I do not care for the black roses or tulips, for some reason they appear sinister to me. The dark daylilies though do not give me that same oppressing feeling. Here are a few dark varieities that I am growing, all are northern hardy and easy to grow.

Buddha has a striking huge yellow eye zone. Pops right out of your garden bed.

Daylily ‘Buddha’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Which Way Jim has a very dark eye zone and large yellow-green throat.


Daylily ‘Which Way Jim’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

 Troubled Sleep has a striking dark green throat and great solid colouring


Daylily ‘Troubled Sleep’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

For those who like black tulips two great cultivars are:

Black Parrot / Queen of the Night

Black flowers can add quite an impact to your garden if they are combined with the right plants, they offer style and drama to your borders. Combine them with silver-gray foliage plants for a striking effect.

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5 thoughts on “Very Very Dark Daylilies

  1. Deirdre in Seattle

    My husband has a thing for black red. I indulge him whenever I can. Do you have a source for that Serena Dark Horse?

    1. lynnespeak

      I’m assuming Deirdre that you live in Seatlle USA. If you lived in Canada I would sent you directly to my own daylily farm but unfortunately we do not ship to the states. Best thing to do is just google Serena Dark Horse Daylily for sale, multiple sites in the US will come up. It’s a beauty:)

    1. lynnespeak

      It really is so dark, the darkest in my collection. I also never photo adjust my daylily pictures, what you see in the picture is straight out of the camera. This one is just plain dark and I love it:)

  2. Tootsie

    Your flaunt today is fantastic!!! I very much enjoyed it. I love the color of that Day lily
    Thank you so much for linking in this week…I appreciate everyone who joins in.
    I am sharing this post on the Tootsie Time facebook page as well….
    Hugs from Wainwright Alberta Canada!
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