It's Daylilies Week, and we're opening the special event with a special report on the most popular daylilies, as judged by our members. How do we compile this list, and which cultivars got the award? Read on to find out!
Twice each month we are dedicating a week to a specific kind of plant, and we always open that week with a Top 25 list of the most popular plants of that kind. How do we know which plants are the most popular? We look to our database. We have software that goes through all the cultivars in our world-famous Daylilies Database and counts how many individual members have posted photos and comments to each entry.
Did you know that our database is by far the largest daylilies database in the world? We have over 80,000 images posted with new ones coming every day. Additionally, we list every single cultivar registered along with all their growth and habit attributes, as well as their parentage (and children) plants. If you have never dug in and played in the database, you're definitely missing out.
Anyway, the entries that have the most photos and comments are the most popular ones! We only count one vote per person, so if someone uploaded 10 photos of a certain cultivar, that still only gives one point to that cultivar. This is truly an ATP popularity contest, so let's see which cultivars won!
#1: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Siloam Double Classic')
says, "I grew this daylily in zone 10, where it began blooming in May or June, depending on the weather, and almost continually bloomed until Aug./Sept. It was not dormant in zone 10. Instead, it was what I would describe as semi-dormant. It was tough and lovely! One of my favorites. I sent some fans to friends in Charlotte N.C., Montgomery, Al., and San Antonio, Tx. They bloomed for them within 2 - 3 months. They are all delighted with Siloam Classic Double, and so am I."
#2: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy')
says, "There is a very good reason that our database currently shows 37 members owning this cultivar: It's gorgeous. It is very hard to pass by a decent clump of blooming 'Strawberry Candy' without stopping to admire. Top notch performer. I recommend this one regularly to landscaping customers that are just getting started with daylilies."
#3: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'South Seas')
says, "Pinkish coral-tangerine, w/darker band. Flowers have an extra dimension of color depth."
added, "It's great when summers are not too hot and it receives a fair amount of water."
#5: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Primal Scream')
says, "Orange, orange, orange is the only way to describe the flower on Primal Scream. Always hot, hot orange. Large flowers on tall scapes. No way to not notice this one from across the garden."
added, "If you love orange blooms (and I do!), this is the one to get! If you don't, seeing this bloom in person may convert you. The distinct blooms are large with a tangerine and orange blend that really stands out and commands attention in the garden, especially in full clump size. Well loved by gardeners in a wide range of zones, it won the highest honor for a daylily in 2003, the Stout Metal."
#7: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bela Lugosi')
says, "I bought this daylily when it was introduced. Today, 17 years later - it remains the purple that I compare all the others to. Holds up well in sun. The year I had rust, it was only lightly affected. I have many daylilies that are newer than Bela, but it remains in my top 5 favorites.
This is one of those plants that I saw a huge difference between the one I bought from the hybridizer and the "big box store" tissue culture plants. I bought one from a couple stores and the flowers were not as intense, did not hold up to sun as well, and branching and bud count was inferior. I composted the ones from the big box stores."
#9: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wild Horses')
says, "Wild horses was planted 3 years ago and has not done well in my zone 3a garden to date, it has been slow to multiply with few blooms, of the few that it does produce most are not well formed. Due to the cold spring and cool summer this year I will give it 1 more year to shape up." [Editor's Note: A negative review of this plant, yet it's grown and photographed by a great many members. ]
#10: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Beautiful Edgings')
says, "Brand new to us this year, and it has never missed a beat. This is a truly fabulous daylily. It is a definite bud builder here with 45 buds on one scape and this is in August. Sure hope it continues to delight and surprise us with so many beautiful flowers."
#12: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Julie Newmar')
says, "I have always thought the blooms of Julie Newmar photograph better than they look in person. The plant does do well here, though. It's in my front yard garden, where everyone passing by can see it."
#13: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cimarron Rose')
says, "Cimarron Rose wintered over very well in our 9b garden, rating a "9" for greenery - much more like an evergreen than a semi-evergreen, even in the coldest month of January. It has stayed full green through March and has not suffered any spring sickness."
#15: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro')
says, "Currently probably the most universally grown Daylily and once much coveted for its ability to re-bloom. Always one of the first to bloom in Summer, the rich golden yellow bell shaped flowers are produced in quantity on a very compact plant. If treated kindly produces an almost continuous show from June to late Autumn. Moderately susceptible to rust."
#16: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider')
says, "Favored by all that visit my gardens. Exceptional plant. Very large, gorgeous blooms. Blooms for extended period. Prolific bloomer & increaser here in my zone 4a garden."
added, "Ruby red spider self with yellow throat. Vigorous !!! Superior in a clump."
#17: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Trahlyta')
says, "Greyed violet, purple layered eyezone, frag. A very unusual flower with numerous gradients of color in the eyezone. An unusual Spider form which is much sought after and a valued breeding plant. Bright greenish colored throat. The foliage habit is variable, sometimes disappearing completely in winter and other times not, and the flower color is a little changeable too but always beautiful."
#18: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Happy Returns')
says, "Always a reliable bloomer and for a very long time. In a good year, this plant will be blooming here in November."
added, "Happy Returns is a favorite of mine, first to bloom, then it continues to do so all summer. Very pod and pollen fertile, at least in my experience."
#19: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Pandora's Box')
says, "Cream with purple eyezone and green throat.
Very susceptible to rust.
Very hardy and vigorous cream to near white with beautifully contrasting rich purple-violet eyezone. High bud count and long season of bloom, but the scapes have to be cleaned of spent flowers regularly as they are clustered a bit too close together in a multiple top cluster and stick and readily fuse together. Probably best in containers or as an edging plant to a larger planting, positions where the spent flowers could be easily picked. Growth excellent and lush, and the flowers are showy and beautiful."
#20: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rocket City')
says, "An oldie but goodie in my garden. I have two large clumps which put out lots of bloom each July."
added, "Tawny orange with a deeper, burnt orange eye. This good, robust grower is always a bright and showy border performer."
#21: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bluegrass Music')
says, "WOW!! This is one gorgeous daylily!! I don't have many daylilies so I googled this one to buy. I found it for sale but sadly it's WAY out of my price range
$175 is just too steep for me :("
#23: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Becky Lynn')
says, "Becky Lynn is so very reliable. Never disappoints, always opens beautifully."
added, "I have grown Becky Lynn in my garden for many years now. I love the blooms! I was surprised to see that it is supposed to bloom extra early. In my garden I would call it Midseason-Late! I have it planted on an exposed slope that gets mostly morning sun. Until this past year I never mulched or fertilized it and it has always performed well for me. Recommended!"
#24: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fancy Face')
says, "I have had Fancy Face for years. It is a very nice bloomer and a striking flower. A row of Fancy Face grew along my driveway side garden for years."
added, "Fancy Face was one of the biggest disappointments I've had with buying daylilies. The colors on mine hardly resemble the photo of cream and blue but it's a horrid gold and orangey brown instead."
#25: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bonnie Holley')
says, "Bonnie Holley wintered over okay in our 9b garden, rating an "7" - just a bit lower than most of my evergreens for staying fully green and full, even in the coldest month of January. It has rebounded to full green by March and did not suffer any spring sickness."