Until last year I included a limited number of daylilies in my perennial beds, choosing instead to focus my plant-buying dollars on vegetation less palatable to local deer. But installation of a fence in our back yard expanded my plant choices and I’m re-falling in love with daylilies.
First I moved two daylily clumps, the Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’ in the photo to the left and ‘Siloam Ury Winniford’ in the photo at the right. Both had previously struggled to bloom in a deer accessible bed that increasingly received too little sun, but thrive in their current full-sun, deer-protected location.
Then, remembering the sweet, lemony scent of ‘Hyperion’ I splurged on a nursery purchase of this taller daylily variety shown below.
My next step involved getting the biggest daylily bang for the least amount of money. When the 2008 catalog from Pinetree Garden Seeds came in the mail, I jumped at their special offer of daylily pips … an offer they did not repeat in the 2009 catalog. I added ‘Catherine Woodbury’ and ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ to my collection of creamy-tinged daylilies. I rounded the 3-for $11.95 purchase with an additional pip of ‘Hyperion.’
After just one year in the ground I’m enjoying the purple tinge of ‘Prairie Blue Eyes.’ The ‘Hyperion’ pip is also blooming next to it’s more mature nursery purchased relative. The ‘Catherine Woodbury’ has yet to bloom, but has grown larger and healthier than last year. All in all, not a bad return for less than twelve bucks.
I also ordered (from a different supplier) a pip of ‘Macbeth,’ being enticed by the ruffled mauve flowers of this daylily variety, plus it’s the name of a beloved family dog. But it never grew – I topic I must still address with the supplier’s customer service department. (Note: per 7/31/09 phone call, Breck’s will resend ‘Macbeth’ in the spring of 2010.)
I’m curious which daylily varieties other Connecticut gardeners love – hope you’ll share your faves.