GARDEN TIP – Daylilies

Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

Autumn Minaret Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Autumn Minaret
Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
I wanted at least one spider daylily.
Scapes are very tall – 66 inches
Becky Lynn Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Becky Lynn
Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Cedar Waxwing bonus from Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Cedar Waxwing
bonus from Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Not a rebloomer but prolific, nevertheless
Encomium Valley of the Daylilies
Valley of the Daylilies
Light the Fire Again (bonus from Valley of the Daylilies)
Light the Fire Again
(bonus from Valley of the Daylilies)
Color fades as the day wears on
Glad he dug up the wrong bonus daylily
daylily punk-1593
Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Siloam Baby Talk Smokeys Daylily Gardens
Siloam Baby Talk
Smokeys Daylily Gardens
Siloam June Bug bonus from Smokeys Daylily Gardens
Siloam June Bug
bonus from Smokeys Daylily Gardens
Unique Purple Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Unique Purple
Ryder Daylilies (Facebook)
Victoria's Secret Daylilies of the Valley (Facebook)
Victoria’s Secret
Daylilies of the Valley (Facebook)

Aegean Temple (Valley of the Daylilies) and Strawberry Candy (Ryder) did not bloom this year. Seductor (Smokeys) did but I didn’t happen to photograph it. The daylilies from Smokeys were from their bargain basement so they weren’t full-sized plants and few bloomed.

This was my first foray into purchasing “named” daylilies. In other words, daylilies that have been registered with The American Hemerocallis Society. I ordered ten registered daylilies, received three different bonus daylilies (two registered, which I liked better than my choices, and one unregistered seedling). I spent $78.22 on the daylilies and $45.20 on the shipping. Those babies are heavy!

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I found The American Hemerocallis Society’s daylily database very helpful in giving me facts about the daylilies I wanted – scape (bloom stalk) height, bloom size, blooming season (8 categories), foliage type (evergreen, dormant, etc.) and bloom habit (diurnal, nocturnal, etc.). I was disappointed that they often do not have photographs of the older, more affordable daylilies. I can afford $8 for a double fan but not $150 to $300. Most of the places I shopped sold daylilies as “double fans” which gives you enough of a “clump” to fill a garden spot.

While I paid attention to whether or not the daylily was a rebloomer and to scape height because I didn’t particularly want giants in my garden, I still messed up.  I wanted the Autumn Minaret because it was an affordable “spider” daylily but overlooked the 66″ scape height. With the Punk and Siloam Baby Talk, I overlooked the bloom size – very small at 2.75 and 2.5 inches, respectively. On the bright side, these daylilies with small blooms have shorter scapes and shorter plants which will make them great for stuffing in front of taller perennials. Interestingly, I found that the published bloom size is not always accurate.

I also found color inaccuracies. Sometimes the daylily color on the vendor website did not match the daylily database or what I saw blooming in my garden. I suspect a lot of the inaccuracies have to do with the variations in soil around the country and the need for the daylily to have time to “adjust” to new soil and garden conditions. I would now recommend that you search the web for a photo of the named daylily you are considering. If you see the same color showing up by several different photographers, that is probably the real color. The photos I found on the web matched what I had in my garden. Keep in mind that business photographers have access to photo editing programs that allow them to change the clarity, vibrance and saturation. Any one of those settings can improve upon a daylily from what you would see in the actual garden setting.

I bought some reasonably priced, really permanent, green plastic markers from Valley of the Daylilies. The writing area had a rough, sand-papery feeling with hundreds of little grooves. I used a grease pencil to write “Dune Buggy” on a marker and when I contacted him for the name of the red daylily he sent by mistake, I found that I could not get the grease pencil off the marker. I soaked it in bleach and everything else under my kitchen sink to no avail. All I managed to do was fade the grease pencil.

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I really want more daylilies but shipping puts a hole in my budget. My veggie garden didn’t do well this year because of the weird weather. Maybe I’ll buy the cheap veggie seeds for next year so I can have more daylilies. Sound like a plan?

16 thoughts on “GARDEN TIP – Daylilies”

  1. These are among my favorite flowers to grow. Can’t wait to get started again with them. I deadhead them and they keep blooming.

  2. You made some beautiful choices. I love the little Siloams.

    Are there any Daylily farms within driving distance of You? I called one near here once and they had the lilies ready on the day I visited or you could choose in the garden where they are blooming. Gasoline was less than postage back then.

    1. Yes, Nell, there is a local daylily farm. I looked for one after I had spent a fortune in shipping. Will visit next year when they’ve got stuff in bloom. I have only one or two daylilies still blooming.

      1. Some of my Daylilies have not bloomed at all this year. Olive Bailey Langdon waited until fall last year, I guess she’ll do it again, even after I moved her. All this rain made some bloom more and some have sulled.

        I wrote long answers to your comments on my WordPress blog. The short answers are: Larkspur seed originally from Dollar Store. Caesalpinia does look like mimosa foliage.

    1. Evie – Daylilies are considered perennials which means they come back each year even if every speck of foliage disappears during the winter. You need to be careful. You are becoming too interested in gardening which means you will have to do dirt.

      1. Ugghhhh! Not the dirt. This is too much for me. You keep putting pretty things up and then I think that would look wonderful in my yard and around my pool. You’re killing me Jones. I was just thinking I’m going to that Daylily place with you and getting me some, too.

  3. I’m sorry they didn’t do as well as you had hoped. From these photos Cedar wax wing and punk are my favorites, but they are all lovely. I’ve never seen the markers in green, I like that much better than the white, but I hate using any at all. There is always next year, keep the hope alive.

    1. Mermaid – Didn’t mean to give the impression that I was dissatisfied because I was, mostly. I was just sharing a few things I learned the hard way. I would rather not use markers, either, and have everything look really natural like it “growed” there all by itself BUT my memory is not trustworthy.

  4. The colorful bedding plants that you asked about are what we used to call Joseph’s Coat. Growers sell it as Alternanthera ficoidea — Calico Form.

    You can easily root pieces off it if you have one plant. I keep a mug full of cuttings in water inside all the winter and plant them out in spring. If the winter is mild they come back from the roots too.

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