High on everyone's list of easy-to-grow perennials, Daylilies are satisfying used singly in a mixed border or by the thousands on Interstate Highway median strips. They prosper in any soil in full sun or light shade and require practically no care other than removal of spent flowers, if desired. We were fortunate to have as our neighbor for many years the noted Daylily breeder, Darrel Apps. Darrel retired in 2007 and moved back to his native Wisconsin. Before Darrel left, we selected a few of the best cultivars for our customers from his collection of thousands of Daylilies. We've still got a few more surprises in the pipeline, so be watching for some goodies in future seasons! Z. 3-9
Hemerocallis #05-1426 Satin 'n Velvet - Daylily
Before Daylily breeder, Dr. Darrel Apps, closed his nursery a couple of years ago, he allowed us to go through his fields one last time to choose that special Daylily not yet released from his extensive breeding trials. We chose this sumptuous plant from among the many hundreds we had looked at. Curly and recurved petals of smoky red characterize the glamour of this Spider Daylily. A bright lemony throat draws the eye to the center of what looks like an eruption of lava spilling over the rich red of the petals. The blooms are held aloft on tall, stately stalks 30-36 inches high.
Hemerocallis #98-344A Frills 'n Thrills - Poppy-Flowered Daylily
Gardening heaven doesn't get any better than this. One day several years ago we were strolling through Darrel Apps's Daylily fields when he guided us to his test plot—a playpen for his hybridizing activities, and we were left speechless when we came across this stunning plant with the romantic designation of #98-344A. The apricot sherbet flowers lighten to frothy frills and look like double poppies. The imposing plant has vigorous 3 to 4-foot-high scapes with numerous fat buds per scape. Absolutely stunning and available exclusively from Fairweather Gardens!
Hemerocallis #99-669 Brandy 'n Cream - Daylily
Our Daylily-breeder neighbor, Darrel Apps, allowed us to roam through his fields a couple of years ago in search of a light-colored Daylily. As soon as we spotted this one, we knew we had to have it. Brandy 'n Cream produces full-bodied white to ivory flowers with random brandy-colored markings. It's an outstanding example of Dr. Apps's hybridizing artistry, and it's exclusively ours to share with you, our customers. Grows to about 2 feet high.
Hemerocallis 'African Chant' - Daylily
Sumptuous black-red blooms stand out in the summer garden on this Darrel Apps introduction. It's enchanting how the golden throats blend into the dark-hued blossoms. Grows to about 30 inches.
Hemerocallis 'Bob White' - Daylily
About as close to white as you can get, 'Bob White' has broad white petals with a radiating sunburst glow. It grows to only about 24 inches and blooms in the middle of the Daylily season.
Hemerocallis 'Easy Ned' - Daylily
Let's not get into why Ned is easy, but it's easy to like the spidery chartreuse flowers with a pronounced fragrance. Ned's a big guy, too. Plants grow to around 40 inches. He's also a late (summer) bloomer.
Hemerocallis 'Iktomi' - Daylily
A crisp wine-colored Spider Daylily with a yellow throat, 'Iktomi' attracted our attention in Darrel Apps's garden with its sturdy stems, nearly 3 feet tall, and abundant bloom.
Hemerocallis 'Indian Giver' - Daylily
A handsome reblooming Daylily, this plant has reddish purple flowers with a chartreuse throat and ruffled white edges. Grows to about 20 inches.
Hemerocallis 'Joanne Walkovic' - Daylily
Double-flowered and a heavy bloomer, this creation by Darrel Apps is a blend of salmon-orange and cream with a yellow throat. It grows about 2 feet high.
Hemerocallis 'Krakatoa Lava' - Daylily
Think of the hot orange embers of a lava field, and you will have envisioned the flowers of 'Krakatoa Lava'. The scapes are tall and graceful to about 3 feet.
Hemerocallis 'Milk Chocolate' - Daylily
We're inordinately fond of this selection with medium brown blooms highlighted by faint bands of white. This color complements strong summer colors such as oranges or rusts, and 'Milk Chocolate' also makes a good companion for Ornamental Grasses.
Hemerocallis 'Moontraveler' - Daylily
Way ahead of most Daylilies–as early as mid May–'Moontraveler' starts producing vivid lemon-yellow flowers. They're fragrant and bloom continuously over a long season. This ItSaul introduction adds a bit of sunshine to your garden. It fills that awkward gap when spring bulbs have played out, but summer perennials have not yet begun to bloom.
Hemerocallis 'Primal Scream' - Daylily
You, too, will scream with delight when you see the bright tangerine flowers of this recent Daylily selection. The flowers are large, too, borne on 3-foot scapes, and the plant blooms generously over several weeks in June and July.
Hemerocallis 'Prince of Midnight' - Daylily
A majestic Daylily, 'Prince of Midnight' bears royal purple flowers feathering to a yellow eye. The recurved petals impart the look of a true bulbous Lily to the flowers. Grows to 24-30 inches.
Hemerocallis 'Ruffled Parchment' - Daylily
Early in the Daylily season creamy white and yellow flowers appear on stems nearly 3 feet tall. Like icing on the cake, the ruffled flowers also carry a slight fragrance!
Hemerocallis 'The Jury's Out' - Daylily
Just when you're sorry that Daylily season is over, 'The Jury's Out' weighs in with green-yellow spidery flowers in August that bloom all month, and then a wave of repeat bloom sets in, extending the show till mid-September and sometimes beyond. The vigorous plant grows to almost 3 feet, and in addition to its unusual and extended season of bloom, it is self cleaning and often carries over 50 buds per scape. This plant does everything but take out the trash and walk the dog! Now, is it a true spider form or not? The jury's out on that question!
Hemerocallis citrina - Daylily
If you're away from the garden during the day and are frustrated by missing the bloom on your Daylilies, try this fragrant evening blooming Daylily, perfect for scenting those late-day soirees around the patio. Slender, elegant flowers, medium to light yellow, are borne in airy panicles on 3-foot scapes. Flowers are very fragrant and open in late afternoon and remain open till early the next morning.
Hemerocallis fulva 'Kwanzo Variegated' - Daylily
We love this remarkable plant for its broad, almost corn-like foliage with broad white bands running from the base of the leaves to the tip. The combination of the lush foliage with the variegation imparts a tropical look to this hardy Daylily. In summer rusty orange-red flowers are borne on 2-3-foot scapes. The foliage holds up better if plant is sited in light shade. Z. 4-8
Hemerocallis middendorffii - Middendorff's Daylily
We all love hybrid Daylilies for their astounding breadth of color and long period of bloom, but before there were hybrids, there were species Daylilies, many of which merit consideration. Among the earliest to bloom, this species bursts into flower in late spring or early summer, long before most hybrids even think about flowering. The rich orange-yellow flowers are fragrant and broadly funnelshaped, held slightly above the foliage on thick stalks. We often get rebloom on our plants later in the summer, and in our experience they are more tolerant of shade than other Daylilies. A mature clump may measure about 2 feet high with equal spread.
Hemerocallis minor - Smaller Daylily
This is an attractive small species Daylily with fragrant lemon yellow flowers borne just above the leaves in May and June, with occasional repeat flowering in late summer. The grasslike foliage is in keeping with the more naturalistic look of this plant. Grows to about 18-24 inches high. Z. 4-9