Do you love yellow? Do you love daylilies? If you answer yes to both these questions then, like me, you’ll go bananas over ‘Going Bananas’, a Proven Winners perennial that grows beautifully in my Zone 6, south-central Connecticut garden.
Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’ arrived on my doorstep in a 4 1/2 inch pot in July, 2011. Since its mature size is less than two feet, I planted the young ‘Going Bananas’ in full sun in front of a mounding Japanese holly, Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’, figuring the small, dark green holly leaves would perfectly offset the daylily’s yellow blossoms.
The first season ‘Going Bananas’ gave a hint of what was to come. At this young age the large blooms were a bit out of scale with its leaf mass, but it showed potential.
By 2013, it had grown to a respectable size …
… and the yellow of the blossoms had deepened.
By 2014, its third season in my garden, ‘Going Bananas’ really showed its stuff. It was in full bloom from late June through mid-July and bloomed intermittently in late summer.
I loved that Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ and ‘Going Bananas’ bloomed concurrently last season. One can never go wrong combining pale yellow and deep blue.
Proven Winners’ plant description lists the height of ‘Going Bananas’ as 19″-22″, but the blossoms reach to about 2 1/2′ in my garden. The flowers emit a sweet fragrance and the leaves remain attractive into autumn. During the three years growing it I’ve seen no disease or insect problems.
Outside of regularly removing spent blossoms – advisable for all daylilies, ‘Going Bananas’ is very low maintenance. My one caution, don’t expect deer to ignore this or any other daylily. If you garden in deer-browse regions, plant ‘Going Bananas’ in a protected location.
Disclaimer: I received this plant/shrub from Proven Winners as part of their garden writers plant trial program. I have received no compensation for growing or writing about these plants. My reports are based on how the plants/shrubs have performed in my Zone 6 garden in south-central Connecticut.