Daylilies forum: Favorite daylily you've experienced

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Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 11, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Wanted to see what everyone's favorite daylily is that you have had personal experience with. I'm pretty new and have two Stella d'Oros, a red variety i don't know the name of and Modern Design. My Stellas are my favorites so far.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Mar 11, 2016 9:55 PM CST
Welcome! JLCam! It is hard not to love and get addicted to daylilies. There are so many out there that I love but the ones that started hooking me were Wild Horses, Beautiful Edgings, and Fairy Tales Pink. Over the years, I became more interested in other forms, sizes, and colors. My favorites certainly change from year to year. I really love the purples with white edges, green throats, and whites with edges this year.

Wild Horses
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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Mar 12, 2016 10:13 AM CST
Ditto to Welcome!
I echo what Karen said above.
My "addiction" with daylilies began with the common ones people here grew. Then I got a computer and realized how many other colors and shapes there were. It hasn't stopped since. lol
I lean towards the older "tried and true" cultivars like Becky Lynn, Jen Ojay, Real Wind, Pandora's Box, Paper Butterfly and many others. My space is very limited, otherwise I'd have hundreds of them.
Name: Mary
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tugg
Mar 12, 2016 3:29 PM CST
Welcome! JLCAM!
I started with Stella too, and never looked back! Today I love UF'S, although I won't turn my nose up at any daylily! Hilarious!
Here are some of my favorites from my garden;




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Instant Celebration, not a UF but an absolutely amazing daylily that blooms it's heart out every summer!



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Articulate Matrix


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Purple Kaboom
These all grow well in my 5b garden and I love them all!


Also Harvest Moth


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And Heavenly United We Stand.



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Static Shock.
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Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 12, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Omg y'all!!!! So many beauties and new types for me to research and look for. I appreciate all of your responses so much, i like hearing the stories of how we get introduce to some of the most awesome and i feel underrated plants in existence. Group hug
Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Mar 12, 2016 8:03 PM CST
JL: To save yourself time, labor, and disappointment, check out the various daylilies you want in the Daylily database here.
There are thousands of them listed, and you can read comments about them on how they perform in different areas of the country. It's a very valuable resource and the best one on the internet.
Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 12, 2016 8:13 PM CST
I could never be disappointed. Thanks for the info. :)
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Mar 13, 2016 4:44 AM CST
I find it very difficult to pick a favorite cause I love them all. I guess I will pick a few of my best performers.

PRIMAL SCREAM

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OLD KING COLE

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STRAWBERRY CANDY

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TRAHLYTA

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SO LOVELY



SILOAM DOUBLE CLASSIC

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Forgot to add LILLIAN'S VAPOR TRAIL. I have only had this one for 3 years but I already have a small clump and it does wonderful in my climate.


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Name: Judy
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judydu2
Mar 13, 2016 5:49 AM CST
I have a few favorites, but I think my favorite of all is a sweetheart of an oldie - 'Laughing Clown' (Alexander, 1958). It's a stellar bloomer and fertile both ways.

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Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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spunky1
Mar 13, 2016 6:10 AM CST
I saw a daylily blooming in Montgomery Alabama in 2010 and though it was the most close to perfect form of an eye and edge daylily I had ever seen. I came home and located that daylily, ordered it and still grow it while hundreds of others have come and gone over the years. That daylily was "HAPPY HAPPY" and I still feel nothing has come along to change my mind, its still the best form of any eye and edge I grow or have grown.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Mar 13, 2016 7:09 AM CST
Welcome to ATP @JLCam. I don't have favorites per se, but like those that do well for me. Here are the four top performers over two seasons. I think, and hope, that this bloom season will provide too many to list. Everything is actively growing and are looking really good at the moment. There were plants that could have made the list for a single season. Also, when you have an imposing bloom in a vivid, eye-catching color like 'Primal Scream' or 'Serge Rigaud' I think it's not as hard for those plants to make an impression as those with quieter colors.

Lillian's Vapor Trail


Serge Rigaud
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Primal Scream
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Selma Longlegs
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Name: Donald
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needrain
Mar 13, 2016 7:13 AM CST
spunky1 said:I saw a daylily blooming in Montgomery Alabama in 2010 and though it was the most close to perfect form of an eye and edge daylily I had ever seen. I came home and located that daylily, ordered it and still grow it while hundreds of others have come and gone over the years. That daylily was "HAPPY HAPPY" and I still feel nothing has come along to change my mind, its still the best form of any eye and edge I grow or have grown.


A question here. Would this also be considered a bi-color as well as eye and edge? All the database photos make it appear as if the eye and edge are only on the petals. Just curious. Thanks.

Donald
Name: Char
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Char
Mar 13, 2016 1:05 PM CST

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Donald, bitone and bicolor refer to differences in the base color of the segments.
Bitone or a reverse bitone has lighter and darker shades of the same base color. Bitone, has the darker shade of the base color on the petals with the lighter shade on the sepals, reverse bitone has the darker shade on the sepals, lighter shade on the petals.
Bicolor is two different base colors, petals a darker base color than sepals would be bicolor. Sepals a darker base color than petals a reverse bicolor.
Happy Happy has a cream white base color on both sepals and petals so is not a bitone or bicolor.

I showed some examples in this ATP article.....
http://garden.org/ideas/view/Char/986/Daylilies-a-Rainbow-of...
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Mar 13, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Thank you Char. Now if I can just remember to key it all to the base color! With only markings on the petals, 'Happy, Happy' still has a lot of contrast.
Donald
Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 13, 2016 3:31 PM CST
Thanks for the warm welcome and responses. I love all your beauties!! It's amazing the assortment of daylilies that there are. My Stellas are only my favorites cause they were both my first successful bare root to grow and my first daylily. I love how small it is compared to my larger Modern Design. Daylilies are simply incredible!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Mar 13, 2016 7:35 PM CST
Welcome to the Daylily forum! I also started with Stella as a first purchased daylily. Bonanza was a gifted plant. 10 years later and still finding new ones that I want to grow.

If you like red, Red Volunteer has been a regional favorite for years! Plus it multiplies well.
Webster's Pink Wonder does really well for me.
Lies and Lipstick, Painted Bunting, All American Chief, Creature of the Night. Just so many good ones Rolling my eyes.


If you get a chance to tour the ST Louis Botanical garden you will really enjoy their collection! It is worth the drive Hurray!





Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 13, 2016 7:39 PM CST
I love the red daylilies most lol and have always wanted to go to the botanical gardens there. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Gotta start looking around. It's that time of year!!! Hilarious!
Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Mar 14, 2016 1:13 PM CST
Welcome! @JLCam

I would say that this is a very hard question as I fall in love with every pretty faced daylily I've seen. I would say that my favorite red is currently
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Although, this year I am drawn to pink CVs and Doubles...

I tip my hat to you.
Stan
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Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lilydaydreamer
Mar 14, 2016 2:55 PM CST
I agree with Fred that "Happy Happy is a great plant if you want round, ruffled, eye and edge bloom that is consistent.


My current favorites:
Lillian's Alabama Sunrise


Prickly Sensation - bloomed 3 times last year!!!


Neon Flamingo


Wanda Evans - big beautiful pink blooms!


Tiny Tease - sooooo little


Too Cute - the name says it all


Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Name: Johnny
Paducah, KY (Zone 7a)
JLCam
Mar 15, 2016 12:23 PM CST
Wow you all are awesome daylily lovers!!! I love all of your pictures and definitely have never seen Tiny Tease before what a stunner! I love all their shapes. My Modern Design has the more rounded petals and my little red guys have more pointed petals. Such cool diversity!!!

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