Island Holiday is a perfect example of the sheer
elegance found in many of today's dayliles.
as Amelia Island Holiday opened up I felt as though I
had been awakened from 20 years of sleep to the amazing
beauty of daylilies. With almost as many registered
daylilies as there are stars I just wasnít paying
attention. Now each day, about 30 yards from my office,
I wander out to our American Hemerocallis Society
Display Garden and gawk with amazement.
garden is sponsored and maintained by the Savannah
Hemerocallis Society in honor of the late Enman Joiner a
hybridizer of national acclaim. It is packed with
daylilies that will leave you mesmerized with their
beauty, form and structure.
Island Holiday is semi-evergreen and considered an
early-midseason rebloomer. The scapes or stalks reach 26
inches tall and produce flowers 5 inches wide. I would
find it most difficult to describe its color, but
officially it is classified as pink cream gold
polychrome with ruffled gold edge above green throat. I
would describe it as stunning.
night I have been posting a favorite on our Coastal
Georgia Botanical Garden Face Book page and the daylily
called Sebastian the Crab caused the comments and
counter to start rocking so to speak.
is called unusual in form, crispate, with scapes
reaching 32 inches. It is considered midseason and a
rebloomer. The cream and dark apricot blends somehow
tempt you to take a bite and at least to smell it
are so many daylilies to know and enjoy, like Wild Irish
an evergreen burgundy red with ruffled gold edge. Some
bloom early, some mid-season, and some late, and some
even have repeat blooms. Your local or regional
hemerocallis society is a great place to begin for
education on top performers Perhaps 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.
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 throughout 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.
work well in special garden by themselves or as part of
the perennial border where they can be combined with
flowers like purple coneflowers, gloriosa daisies and
spikey blue salvias. Try using Blue Fortune agastache
that sends-up dozens of blue bottle-brush-like flowers.