Daylilies forum: Evergreens Hardy to Zone 5

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jan 9, 2015 6:51 AM CST
Larry, I bet you get some very harsh weather in your area. Do you buy mostly dormants? Just curious.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 11, 2015 10:41 PM CST
Many thanks for the welcome and comments, Mike and Teresa. I tip my hat to you.

Glad you asked, Teresa. Our gardens are technically in zone 5a, but we're close to the 4b border. Interestingly, for most of the past five winters or so, we've had zone 6 winters. So far this winter our lowest temperature has been -15 degrees.

I grow daylilies in all three groups: dormant, semi evergreen, and evergreen. The evergreens may surprise you. I've just finished some extended research on this category and will have the details posted on my website when it goes live, hopefully in a few weeks. Would you believe I've identified over 2,200 evergreen daylilies that are listed as hardy in zone 5? I'm trialing a bunch now and will do more in succeeding years. How many more depends on what's out there that I can use in my hybridizing program.

Here are the ones that have survived a winter or two:
Answering Angels
Calico Jack
Collard Dream
Destined To See
Dragon King
Emmaus (Both Parents Are Dormant)
Feathered Prism
Get Jiggy (Sometimes Listed As Dormant)
Indian Sky
Jane Trimmer
Jumble Edge
Monkey Face
Pagan Ritual
Persian Market
Sir Francis Drake
Star Of India
Storm Of The Century
Way Over Yonder
Wild Horses

I will be trialing these in 2015:
Cosmic Kaleidoscope
Better By Design
Buddy’s Betsy
Buddy’s Shaun
Garnet Prism
No No Nanette
Raspberry Prism
Starburst Fantasy
Trim Work
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jan 12, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Larry, I have some that are on your first list. I haven't lost any during the winters. We can get below zero without snow cover.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jan 12, 2015 6:11 AM CST
I also have a few from your list that have survived my zone 5 garden.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 12, 2015 3:36 PM CST
That's valuable feedback, Teresa and Cindy. Many thanks!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jan 13, 2015 6:36 AM CST
Destined to See is very hardy for me. So far Get Jiggy has been very hardy and Buddy's Betsy has already gone through one winter here without a problem.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 13, 2015 12:16 PM CST
I've got Buddy's Betsy in a pot. Now I can plant it outside with a bit more confidence. Thanks, Cindy.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jan 13, 2015 2:25 PM CST
You are most welcome Smiling
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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JWWC
Jan 14, 2015 2:31 PM CST
Cosmic Kaleidoscope made it through last winter here with nothing but snow for mulch. Thumbs up
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 17, 2015 4:20 PM CST
Thanks for the report, James. Mark Carpenter told me that he had gotten numerous reports from northern growers that this cultivar (actually Jack's) grows well in northern gardens. Makes me want to try some of the others in this series.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 27, 2015 12:47 AM CST
I've finally finished compiling a list of evergreen daylilies hardy in zone 5. It appears in a blog on the website I just launched. If you'd like to check it out, you can do so here: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/BlogPosts/EVERGREEN...
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
Jan 27, 2015 9:28 AM CST
Larry, I already have bookmarked your blog and will read it when I have some extra time. I live in Minnesota but this will give me a good idea if a plant I am interested in might just grow here even though we are a zone colder. Really a great resource for northern daylily folks! Thank You!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jan 27, 2015 9:59 AM CST
So far, I have found a few that I lost in my 5b/6a garden. They were very tender.

Elsie Spalding
Cleopatra
Classic Edge
Fol De Rol
Frog's Eye

Winter lost all of the above several years ago.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 27, 2015 10:20 AM CST
Good to know, Cindy. Many thanks! Was it a severe winter?
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Vegetable Grower Daylilies Hummingbirder Heucheras
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Hemlady
Jan 27, 2015 10:59 AM CST
I can't recall Larry if it was or not, sorry. I just know that I hadn't mulched these plants very well. I will check through the list later on today and see if there are any others on the list that I lost. I think I got as far as H's.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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JWWC
Jan 27, 2015 12:38 PM CST
The only two I have outright lost to winter (not to miserable freeze thaws and a cold spring) were BOB CHARMAN and VIVID BUTTERFLY.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 28, 2015 12:14 AM CST
Thanks, Cindy and James. This is very helpful.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Jan 28, 2015 5:45 AM CST
I had sent several older cultivars with my daughter. They are getting tested, she lives near Boston. Close to 3 ft of snow, temps 12 this morning. Gust of winds over 60 mph.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jan 28, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Larry, I went thru the whole list. I have 59 of the ones listed. As far as Frog's Eye in my garden, I got it in the fall of twenty thirteen. It sent up a scape last year that the rabbits took care of so I will be able to report on that considering that Hemlady lost hers. It was interesting to see Tusk on the list which gives me hope after hearing that Jan in Wisconsin lost hers. I got my Tusk last season so we will see how it come out of its first winter here. Planted next to Look Here Mary, I can wait to see the contrast of the two big and varying blooms. The only discrepancy I saw in your list is with numbers 658, 661 that are listed twice, however number 709 is the registered name of 658.
Love the "Birdbath Plant Fountain", the cobblestone walk edging, Spooky Dianthus and that humongous Ravenna. Never saw that one before. I am going to try and look thru the rest of the pages soon. There are some great ideas to incorporate in my garden. Thanks for your time consuming research and pictures.
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Jan 28, 2015 12:54 PM CST
Thanks much for the corrections, Mike, and for taking the time to check out my site so thoroughly. Since it's new, I appreciate all the feedback I can get. If anyone else wants to give it a go, here's the link again: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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