Sensation is known to have 29 buds, four stalks
and is a repeat bloomer, too.
American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full
bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful
there are those certain varieties that just keep me
fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as
I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids.
So instead of being diploid with each cell having two
sets of chromosomes these varieties have four sets.
this doesnít sound frightening or make your eyes glaze
over. Having grown up in the south, I find there are so
many gardeners that equate the daylily to the escaped
Hemerocallis fulva or Tawny daylily growing wild in the
ditch. Then there is also a generation of gardeners who
seem to equate daylilies with only the variety Stella díOro
because thatís what has been mass produced for sale at
the garden center.
this even remotely describes you then you have got to go
visit an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden
near you. There are over 330 such gardens and the
societyís website will show you those closest to your
only will you be able to enjoy daylilies in full bloom
as you stroll through the garden taking dozens of
photographs, but you will get a clear picture of what
your local hybridizers have been able to accomplish and
most likely have for sale at a garden show or festival
I will tell you the varieties that are catching my eye
in Savannah they are Singular Sensation, Wild Irish,
Monetís Garden, God Alone and Amelia Island Holiday.
These are all tetraploid varieties featuring ruffled
margins and known to re-bloom. Wild Irish, Monetís
Garden and God Alone are also fragrant.
is just at our garden in Savannah. Visit one near you
and you will no doubt see equally stunning selections in
your region guaranteeing that you will leave ready to
turn your landscape into a kaleidoscope of color with
this favorite perennial.
you havenít tried daylilies because the flowers only
last a day. Remember, each scape or flower stalk has
many buds and these open in a series, giving you beauty
for not only days but weeks and even months if they
repeat. Monetís Garden for instance has a bud count of
26 with 3 branches.
require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day
for best performance. Best results are obtained from
raised beds rich in organic matter. Almost every problem
phone call I used to get on daylilies, other than a few
insects, originated with daylilies planted in soggy
sure to add a good layer of mulch to hold moisture, keep
the soil cool, and to prevent weeds. I am a pine straw
nut for mulch but I have to admit that a layer of pine
bark mulch around a daylily loaded with blooms is a
encourage flower production, keep seed pods picked off
and feed with a complete and balanced fertilizer every
four to six weeks. It is also very import to remove any
diseased foliage if it develops during the long summer.
once you see all of the different daylily varieties
there is no telling how many you will want. I posted
Wild Irish on our Facebook and it seemed to go viral by
our standards. One comment was from a young lady who
stated, "this flower needs to be in my life."
No doubt you will feel the same.