Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Smoky Mountain Autumn

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Background history:

'Smoky Mountain Autumn' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1986 by Guidry.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Award of Merit: 1992
Honorable Mention: 1989
LAA: 1997
LEP: 1990

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Smoky Mountain Autumn') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Smoky Mountain Autumn')
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Dec 13, 2015 10:12 AM CST
For me this daylily is a must have! I have had it for several years now and I love it. It is a great short one for the front of the bed. It is very hardy and multiplied very quickly for me. My large clump easily blooms for at least a month, maybe longer. The color is often hard to describe and to capture accurately on camera.

It is a dormant but one of the first here to break ground in the spring. I do not get any bud building or rebloom on it here in my zone 5 garden.

I highly recommend Smoky Mountain Autumn!
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Dec 13, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Tough daylily here in zone 4 with a pretty and unusual colour. I've had it for many years, no winter mulch.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Dec 13, 2015 12:47 PM CST
I have had this daylily for many years and because of its unique color I will always keep it. It doesn't perform well for me at the present time but only because it is in a poor location and I need to move it, which I plan on moving it next year.
Lighthouse Gardens
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Dec 13, 2015 1:54 PM CST
This does well for me, petals have good substance and blooms open well. The flowers are tall enough they are not in the foliage. The color is absolutely beautiful and hard to capture w camera or describe. I highly recommend this one. It is beautiful planted with cream, or yellows, or light purples or very dark/blackish color dl. Increases a little slower than some of my others, but does grow and perform well for me.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Dec 13, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I've had this one for many years. It's in a poor spot, needs more sun. I need to get so many daylilies put into better spots. A very beautiful flower...a keeper.

Here is a pic...a little problem with couple of the petals in this particular pic, but does show its great color.

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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Dec 14, 2015 9:03 PM CST
Smoky Mountain Autumn was one of my first daylilies. The color adds a bit of an attractive smoky overlay to it as the day progresses. It is a steady bloomer and is a bud builder (so don't cut down the scapes too quickly). I grew mine in containers and it did need to be watched for rot, but usually survived winter well enough outdoors to put on a good display the next year. Another oldie but goldie.............Maryl

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Dec 15, 2015 12:27 AM CST
Smoky Mountain Autumn blooms above the foliage and I have not noticed rust on it at all. It has not increased a lot since I purchased it in 2009, but I may have split it and given some away. Even so, I would not call it a fast increaser. It has a good 3-4 week bloom period from mid-June to mid-July in my zone 6b garden. A definite keeper!

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This photo shows the branching and blooms. I have it in front of Brown's Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa 'Dropmore Scarlet') vine, which is almost the same color as SMA in this picture, but SMA has different hues on different days.
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May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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Dec 15, 2015 10:30 AM CST
This cultivar grew here from the mid 90's until around 2012. It stayed so long because of the unique bloom color. I recall branching and other plant habits to be adequate, nothing outstanding but nothing particularly bad either. Here's the only picture of it saved in my files, taken in 2009.

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May 29, 2016 11:31 AM CST
This is one of my favorites! I love the color. It grows well and multiplies in my zone 4 garden. I can't find a picture if it saved on my phone, but it is a beautiful flower!

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