Irish daylily produces scapes or stalks that reach
28 inches in height.
is my fourth year to be watching our American
Hemerocallis Display Garden and each year the selection
Wild Irish catches my eye like few other daylilies. Each
year I post it on our Facebook and the hits views and
likes come pouring in. Itís no wonder that an internet
search finds it readily available from numerous sources.
Irish was released in 2004 and in daylily years that is
like ancient history. Think about when you get an email;
and you promise yourself youíll respond but in just
days it is covered up by countless others. That is the
way it is in the world of daylily hybridizing.
for Wild Irish to have a shelf life of over a dozen
years says something about its showy blooms and quality
performance. The fact that Iíve been drooling over it
for four seasons also says something.
to the American Hemerocallis Society, Wild Irish is a
tetraploid with scapes or stalks that reach 28 inches in
height, producing a bud count of 18, which open into
glorious 5 1/2 inch flowers. Iíll admit I added the
editorial adjective glorious as the blooms show-off deep
burgundy, with gold edge above yellow green throat. If
that wasnít enough consider it is fragrant, evergreen
Irish was hybridized by Gaskin Daylilies in Nashville,
Ga. A couple of other dazzling selections in our garden
that originated with their family are Christmas Cotton
and Phantom of Gascone.
visit to their website (gaskindaylilygarden.com) will
most likely stun you with the incredible cultivars
developed over the last decade. There are so many
daylilies to know and enjoy. While the Gaskin family is
in Georgia know that there are most likely wonderful
daylily hybridizers near you.
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 and 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
are best planted in the early spring or fall, although
container grown plants can be planted through out the
growing season with outstanding success. So you can shop
while they are blooming and pick the color and form that
is most appealing.
keep energy being put into 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.
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
though our bed is dedicated as an American Hemerocallis
Display Garden we incorporate other perennial partner
plants to add color and interest when the daylilies are
out of season. Try using Blue Fortune agastache that
sends-up dozens of blue bottle-brush-like flowers,
purple coneflowers, gloriosa daisies and spikey blue
hope you take the opportunity to visit and shop for
daylilies at your favorite garden center or perhaps a
daylily farm and see what has transpired in this
favorite of perennials.