This older cultivar has been a favorite of mine. It is an astonishing grower, becoming a large clump in its first year here in zone 8b. It produces profusions of lovely blooms of rusty red, orange, beige, and yellow. It has been very rust-resistant as well, once showing some rust as it was about to die back in winter but not at any other time. I think this one deserves to be more popular.
I strongly recommend Insider Trading for southern growers. It has thrived in my zone 8b garden. It increases quickly, sends up gorgeous red blooms on strong scapes, produces lots of proliferations, and best of all--has not shown a speck of rust in my garden.
Even though this cultivar is unregistered, it has outperformed many in my zone 8b garden. It is a true evergreen, increases fast, is very rust-resistant, and sends up scads of large, luminous greenish-yellow blooms every summer. It's hard to capture that luminous color in a photo. It also reblooms very reliably. I strongly recommend this one for growers in the South.
I added Raspberry Griffin to my gardens in 2022, so I only have one season to review (at this point)... and already, I absolutely LOVE this daylily! It started blooming for me the last week of July and continued into the 2nd week of August. Not only is it gorgeous, it just kept cranking out blossom after blossom (on its very first season in the gardens).
The blooms held well on scapes above the foliage - not the tallest by any means, but showing well. And they were extremely consistent not only in the pattern itself but the well-balanced positioning of the petals and sepals being evenly spaced and well-formed. There were 'no' flawed or misshapen blooms. It sent up several scapes and definitely stood out. I can only wonder how much more Raspberry Griffin will offer, once it matures and has become established in the gardens. Definitely one to keep an eye on!
I grew Pumpkin Kid for one year, fall of 2021 to fall of 2022. During that time, it was a fast increaser, and it bloomed prolifically in its only season here. The blooms were lovely and showy, just like the pictures here. The downside is that the scapes were short, and the blooms were low in the foliage. However, in spite of that, I would have kept the plant if it hadn't shown itself to be very rust-prone here.
Why are the pictures of Peggy Jeffcoat daylilies so varying in color? The description states yellow self, but the pale pinkish ones look more like the one that I bought from a reputable local daylily farm and the picture on the AHS Daylily Cultivator info page for this plant.
I do have the 'imposter' variant daylily which is the bicolor spider form, and can attest to having purchased it in 2018... sold to me under the name 'Chloe' ... by Oakes Daylilies. However, while it is 'not' the registered daylily, this is still a very lovely bloom.
The unregistered 'Chloe' is tall, above 36 inches, the bloom is as large as my hand (or slightly larger), and it's growing very well in zone 3, therefore I would recommend this for a cold-climate garden. I will also note, along with its quirky spider form, it also has produced a number of poly blooms each summer.
I have been growing Cherokee Pass in zone 3 for a number of years, it does very well in northern cold-climate gardening. Blooming from mid to late season, it keeps the colour in the gardens going after many other daylilies have finished blooming.
It multiplies well and will produce a large clump and many scapes, with so many flowers from day to day it creates a running bouquet of cinnamon-eyed gold flowers. Cherokee Pass also produces poly blooms off and on, most years. For bright, late colour and a hardy, care-free daylily, I would recommend this for any cold-climate garden.
I've had Bridget in the gardens for a number of years (zone 3) and can attest to its cold-hardiness, as it comes back each year with a flourish. The blooms here are a bit smaller than newer intros (stats say 3-inch, but I think they are slightly larger here, closer to 4 inches).
But what I find endlessly delightful about this daylily is that, far more often than not, the bloom looks like black velvet on red ... This is not just a deeper red eye, this is full-on black velvet tones laid over the deep ruby tones below. It's so dark a velvet black on some blossoms that the orange pollen contrasts vividly against it, as though dotted with flecks of gold.
This daylily reminds me of smokey, dark rooms with someone playing blues music in the background somewhere... the colours stand up even to the hot, bright afternoon sun. Like vintage wine, it has held its own against time.
'Butterscotch Ruffles' has a long bloom + rebloom season in my MI daylily bed. In 2022, FFO was before 6/23 and LFO was 9/24. The best early scape was 36 buds and 6-way branching in 2022. The average counts are somewhat less.
Most people know that Lava Flow is an early bloomer, one of the very earliest in my garden. But, for me it bloomed throughout the season and bloomed so far this year until the last day of September.
It's been a good multiplier also in my garden. The first bloom scapes this year were very short due to a late cold snap, but some of the rebloom scapes were almost chest high.
The blooms are prettier and brighter in the early season, but they are also some of the prettiest in the late season simply because not much else with vivid colors is blooming at that time.
Per the Benz 2004 catalog listing;
___________________________ Dreaming of Rainbows (Benz) tet 35" M. Dor. (tet. Exotic Echo x Angel's Smile) x tet. Priscilla's Rainbow
A beautiful 6" bloom done in pastel watercolor shades of soft rose-pink and lavender. A narrow band of violet, tinged blue, encircles a large pale green to white throat, and fancy ruffles and a fine gold filigree further enhance blooms. These 6" blooms have petals 3½" across, and are perfectly flat day in and day out, regardless of weather. Plants are large, strong and extremely vigorous, and scapes are beautifully branched, with 3-4 widespread branches and a terminal cluster, and a grand total of 35-40 buds. Unlike the majority of the tet. Priscilla's Rainbow offspring, including many of its sibs, Dreaming of Rainbows has never had a cracked scape here. Seems to have taken all the good traits from its parents and none of the bad. We came close to introducing the pod-parent (ExE-AS-1), but when bloomed it so far surpassed its parent in every respect, including double the rate of increase. The eye in this is not blue, but Dreaming of Rainbows is destined to be an important foil for all the intense blue-eyed cultivars appearing on the scene, due to the size of bloom, the large dormant plant, and of course the genetics are all right in place.
Running Late began blooming in mid-July and still has an occasional bloom in my zone 6b garden in southern Indiana. It still has a couple of buds to go. It is a large 7.5-inch flower with stippling and a rose blush of color on the yellow petals and sepals. The light coloring of the blooms may not be the flashiest, but it is very welcome in the late garden. The scapes hold up the blooms very nicely, but mine have not reached the registered 49" height yet.
It also has a wonderful fragrance, although I didn't notice it until I bent over to smell the bloom. However, I am hopeful that once it reaches clump size that the fragrance will be more easily detected.
I've been growing this for at least 10 years and have never seen a bloom until this year. The bloom grew out of one of its prolifs and it's trying to double. It's actually a nice bloom. Probably about a 4' flower. I've posted a picture. Sure hope to see more.