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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 9, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I know we all love the last and greatest daylilies that are introduced but they are pricey and sometimes a poor grower.

Please add what is doing the best at your place. Clumps shots would be great! Thanks

Also what are some that are older but still on your wish list.

I still haven't added
Buttered Popcorn
Mary's Gold
Highland Pinched Fingers
Celebration of Angels
Skinwalker
King Kahuna
Bill Norris
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jun 9, 2016 7:34 AM CST
These are a few that always do very well here:


Strutter's Ball is a daylily that always looks beautiful and blooms well in a bit of shade.


Swallow Tail Kite has been a fast increaser for me, and a very good bloomer.


Carolyn Criswell is a great yellow that blooms for a very long time in my garden.


Shy Maiden is a sweet little flower. A true soft pink daylily that is always covered in masses of bloom.


Majestic Move has great substance, and blooms well for me.

A few I plan to check out at my local daylily nursery this summer when they are blooming:
Ornamental Focus
Kisses Like Wine
Daring Dilemma
Intricate Eyes
Magnificent Rainbow


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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Jun 9, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Thanks, of your group I only grow Strutter's Ball. It is a classic.
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jun 9, 2016 7:41 AM CST
bluegrassmom said:Thanks, of your group I only grow Strutter's Ball. It is a classic.


It sure is. I wouldn't be without it! I just edited my previous post to add a few that are on my list. They are at my local daylily nursery and I plan to check them out once they are blooming.

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South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Cynthia59P
Jun 9, 2016 3:10 PM CST
Teresa,
Hey, if you come visit my place, I have some Buttered Popcorn for you. I also have Bill Norris, but he's a slow increaser for me. Mary's Gold is also here, but I'm not sure if it's ready to be divided.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 9, 2016 4:04 PM CST
'Strutters Ball', is one of the several daylilies that I have lost. I am wondering if anyone south of zone 7B has any luck growing it. I grow 'Buttered Popcorn', and it was the worst plant in my garden this year for rust.
Now I had a plant that I had labeled' Mary Todd', but it turned out to be 'Mary's Gold' and it is one of the best performers in my garden this year. I received this as a small double fan and as a gift back on June 18th 2014, and it is doing great now.
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A small daylily that has done well for me this year is 'Mini Pearl'
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As usual I have a couple of NOIDs that make excellent garden plants.
My Red NOID:
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Another NOID:
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I suppose 'Gypsy Rose Lee' has been the outstanding plant in my garden for performance this year, and it was just planted in July of last year, a few other plants in that order struggled to survive at all because of the heat they were subjected to (July is not a good time to plant daylilies here in Southeast Alabama).
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Another plant I almost forgot to mention that has done well here. It was one of the first plants to bloom this season, and the rebloom has started and it looks like it will bloom for a long while yet: Planted in Oct. 2015.
Optical Delight:
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 9, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Nice info, Cynthia I am hoping to come that way after next week. Brenda Macy's garden is also on my want to see list. We have a trip planned. I am hoping I can find a northern Indiana daylily garden. I checked the Display list on AHS but nothing near Michigan Lake that I could see.

If anyone has a suggestion LMK
Name: Kathy Groves
Ohio (Zone 6b)
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katgroves
Jun 9, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Mary's Gold is one that I would like to get as my Mom's name was Mary and she passed away last November
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Jun 9, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Hi, Kat
So sorry about your Mom passing. I think plants help us remember our loved ones. My sister passed in 2014. She was a hosta collector. We planted a hosta garden at moms in tribute for her. I also brought some of hers to my house. Not a memorial garden but I know which ones are hers.
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Name: Kathy Groves
Ohio (Zone 6b)
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katgroves
Jun 9, 2016 6:26 PM CST
Thanks. I think about her every day I don't have a memorial garden but would just like one to add to my Dayliliy bed
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 10, 2016 7:42 AM CST
My best garden plants would be ones that form a nice clump and have multiple blooms open at once, besides holding up to the elements. Would have to list these:

When Spirits Unite
Trahlyta
Primal Scream
Spacecoast Starburst
Lavender Reflections
Old King Cole
Gudrid
Ruffled Ballet
Prickled Petals
Strawberry Candy
Raspberry Candy
Serena Dark Horse
Suzy Cream Cheeze
Rosy Lights

I am going to quit right there because I probably could list another couple dozen that do very well here.
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Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia
Jun 10, 2016 9:19 AM CST
This are best ones here for me that have formed nice clumps and produce a nice number of scapes.

Ruby Spider
Twist and Shout
South Seas
Westbourne's Harvest Moon
El Desperado
Sir Modred
Victorian Lace
Custard Candy
Flasher
Purple Maze
Beautiful Edgings

Just took this photo. FFO on Purple Maze and look at all those scapes!
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This year I am really paying attention to the number of scapes produced. For example, Pure Indulgence is a very nice size clump, but has one 4 scapes and blooms never look great, So it is now on the cull list.


Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 10, 2016 9:59 AM CST
Sometimes it seems we have daylilies that we see everyday and that are so common we no longer pay attention to them. I have found me doing this especially with daylilies that multiply rapidly, a trait I very much desire, but then seem to give the plant no credit when it happens. One of the best performing plants in my garden is so good at multiplying (along with a couple of others) that often it seems to be associated more with the weeds than with the daylilies. Of course Kwanso/Flore Pleno is in that class here in my garden, a terrific performer but I just keep digging them out by the dozens it seems.
But, the one plant I actually had in mind is Crimson Pirate.That little thing multiplies like crazy here and sends out dozens of blooms, yet I seldom or maybe never have mentioned it in my best performer in the garden list.
So today I want to give credit to Crimson Pirate as being a great garden performer.
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Jun 10, 2016 4:48 PM CST
These daylilies form the backbone of my garden. Newer ones are always being tested and there are many I love, but these will be with me forever.

Pink: Yesterday Memories
Purple: Mary's Baby
Yellow: Googies
Pastel: Coral Corduroy
Rouge Red: Rose Masterpiece
Ruby Red: Santa's Little Helper
Orange Red: Wayah Valley
Orange: Still to be determined, although Tuscawilla Tigress is a very good one.
White: Joan Senior
Patterned: Pandora's Box - Landscape show stopper for 2 weeks.

Coral Corduroy



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Claudia
Jun 10, 2016 5:00 PM CST
Dang @Maryl...... that one is pretty!
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 10, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Oh, thank you for all the input!
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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shive1
Jun 10, 2016 7:13 PM CST
These are the top 10 workhorses in my garden.

Bela Lugosi
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Integrated Logistics
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Stealth Bomber
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Willow Dean Smith
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El Desperado


Green Mystique
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Grape Twizzler
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Westbourne Good Old Days
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Ruby Lipstick
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Aztec Headdress


Runners up: Desperado Love, Cherokee Star, Pretty Desirable, Edge of Your Seat
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Polymerous
Jun 10, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Among the diploid oldies, and ones that I will probably keep a long time (never say "forever"), I'm currently enjoying bloom on the near-white 'Tuscawilla Tranquillity' and cream 'Beautiful Edgings' (both of which I have had for over 15 years). Both are rust resistant plants (important to me). I do have to usually poke and prod one of the sepals on BE, and the colors are not vibrant here (true for most daylilies). As the photosensitive edge washes out pretty quickly, I try to give it morning shade.



A couple of years ago I managed to rescue and resurrect the old small flowered diploid rose 'Coming Up Roses', which is also currently in bloom. I think this daylily may also have some rust resistance. The only reason I would get rid of it is that I have been trying to move away from diploids, and I also prefer larger flowers. But this little daylily may have the best rose color in the (daylily) garden, and I value color.



Among the older tets, the much admired 'Marys' Gold' just started blooming this past week. I love, love, love the eye-zorching color (but wish it had more blooms, and that the blooms had better form). (The only other large gold daylily I have that can match it for color is an unregistered Benz plant, "Cheddar Ruffles". The flowers on CR are better looking (fuller, more ruffled) but the scape seems to be weaker.) MG is supposedly susceptible to rust, but I have not had much trouble with the plant in that regard. (Now watch what happens... Rolling my eyes. )



This summer I have been enjoying bloom on 'Insider Trading'. I bought this from Bill Maryott a great many years ago (more than 7?!) having seen it in his field. Because of ongoing deer raids, I did not see it bloom here until two years ago (when I saw all of one bloom)! The clump has grown very big over those years (with scarcely any fertilizer from me). Now that we have finally (mostly) fenced the deer out, I am enjoying tons of blooms. I think this may now be my favorite red tet daylily (ignoring one of my seedlings); the color is great, the form is good, the blooms open well, and the plant is rust resistant. Here is a picture that I took yesterday:



For lemon yellow, I love 'Osterized', and for a polychrome yellow, I love 'Sears Tower' (which does seem to need some scape support here). Both are fragrant and always open well here.



I can't say that I like most purples, as they melt and slick or spot here. However (and here's a cautionary tale for you).... Many years ago I bought 'Black Falcon Ritual' when it was a new plant. I grew it for some years in a pot, where it didn't perform well (I wonder why...). I planted it in the ground (in an area that had arguably too much shade), and it didn't perform well there either, so I told my garden helpers to dig it up and throw it out.

Not long after, I saw a daylily coming up near the spot where the plant was. (I can't recall if this was 1 fan, or 2.) Was this a seedling? (I can't remember if I was making crosses, or keeping up on dead-heading, or what.) Or was this BFR? (My garden helpers had not, at that time, learned to be certain to dig all of the plant out.) By then, I was having plant-pitcher's remorse, so I dug it up and potted it, and had to wait forever for it to bloom. In fact, once the fans got large enough I transplanted it out to a different part of the garden (where it gets some filtered shade), and had to wait for bloom there. It is now a nice clump, the blooms look and act like the description of BFR (which they hadn't before, not really), and as I've since been told that BFR tends to "wander" a bit via underground runners, I'm presuming that is what it is.

(But - and here's the cautionary part - I will never be 100% sure. It could arguably be a seedling from a bee pod which I didn't trim... or maybe I was trying to make crosses on it and it could be a seedling from that. So the morals to this story: Don't be too quick to throw out a plant which does not seem to be performing to spec. Try it in different parts of the garden. Be sure to deadhead, and if you are making crosses, be sure to keep the seed pods, seeds, and seedlings under control, so you don't end up with look-alike volunteers coming up near the original plant. Finally, if a plant simply has to go, make sure that whomever is doing the digging gets all of it out.)

Anyway, presuming this is the real, original, BFR, it is a great daylily - the scapes are hugely tall this year, and they stand up strong and straight, easily holding the large flowers that hold up well in our climate... Lovey dubby This may be the only long term purple keeper in my garden. (I have a very few others.) Here are pictures from yesterday:

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(And now it's dinner time, so that's my tale of good oldies...)
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 11, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Maryl, forgot about Pandora's Box. That is an excellent bloomer!!!
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jun 11, 2016 3:01 PM CST
I have been on a daylily tour today. I asked Mom to go and my DH but he was busy and it was going to be to hot for Mom. It did reach 94 today Angry I was excited to go back to Trenton's daylilies and see her seedling patch. I came home with a nice red with a wire edge. Also Smuggler's Gold.


Then I drove on down to an elderly lady in TN. I bought :





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