Daylilies forum: Anyone grow these in cold zones?

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Name: Ina Novodvorsky
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canad (Zone 4a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dragonflies Composter Region: Canadian Organic Gardener Daylilies
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Ina
Dec 22, 2019 5:43 AM CST
I have a chance to purchase some hard to find (in Canada) daylilies and was wondering how cold tolerant they may be. I live in Zone 5 (Canada) equal to zone 4 US. They are all semi evergreen. At the price I would pay I want to have at least a chance they will survive our winter. I also need to narrow down the choices as I can't afford all of them. Sighing! Hilarious! Or maybe just move on to other choices.
Desired Effect
Jade Ovation
Polar Dusk
Purple Ninja
Quoting Hemmingway
Sea Change
The Gift of Pizazz

Thanks for the help I tip my hat to you. Thank You!
Name: Jeff
Newaygo, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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goedric
Dec 22, 2019 6:16 AM CST
I have no personal experience with any of those, but I have been told by several growers that anything with Tet Rose F Kennedy in it's parentage is likely to do well in Zone 5 (like Purple Ninja, Jade Ovation).

Regarding the others... If you cannot get any info from an actual grower... search the LA auction site for folks selling seeds using your desired plant as a pod parent in zone 5 or 4 and send them off an email.

Also, this does not help you but I do from time to time check this list of Zone 5 Hardy Evergreens... I cannot vouch for it's accuracy but it is a nice resource..

https://cottageinthemeadow.pla...

good luck!
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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
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RobinSeeds
Dec 22, 2019 3:52 PM CST
Thanks for the link Jeff, it makes me feel better about some of the Evergreens I purchased and planted in October!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Dec 22, 2019 4:41 PM CST
Hi Ina! I grow both Sea Change and Quoting Hemingway. At this time, I do not recommend Quoting Hemingway. This summer the blooms often were very splotchy and the substance did not hold up in the heat. Although it is a very photogenic daylily, it is not a memorable bloom in person for me even when it is not splotchy. My plant is only 2 years old so it may not be established yet. I may change my mind about it in the future, but at this time I am underwhelmed by it. I do however heartily recommend Sea Change. It produces huge flowers sometimes measuring 10"! When it is cool, the purple is just stunning! It also reliably reblooms for me. You will be rewarded with these gorgeous purple blooms.


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Name: Jill
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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Jillz
Dec 22, 2019 6:27 PM CST
I'll second Karen's assessment of Quoting Hemmingway — it is way too temperamental with splotchy blooms most of the time in my garden. It was a big disappointment for me this past year.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 22, 2019 6:27 PM CST
Jeff, our own Larry R owns that web site and garden. A very honest man. Ask Ginny nodding . He gets a lot of input from gardeners all over. Mike Grossman @ northern lights have a zone 4 Hardy list along with his own suggestions. Again ask Ginny Rolling on the floor laughing . Great guy to do business with says me. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: James
California (Zone 8b)
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JamesT
Dec 22, 2019 6:29 PM CST
kousa said:At this time, I do not recommend Quoting Hemingway. This summer the blooms often were very splotchy and the substance did not hold up in the heat. Although it is a very photogenic daylily, it is not a memorable bloom in person for me even when it is not splotchy. My plant is only 2 years old so it may not be established yet. I may change my mind about it in the future, but at this time I am underwhelmed by it. I do however heartily recommend Sea Change. It produces huge flowers sometimes measuring 10"! When it is cool, the purple is just stunning! It also reliably reblooms for me.


Thanks for the great info, Karen. It's another example of the "second tier" Floyd Cove introductions out-performing the showboats. (the Floyd Cove bonus plants have done better here)

It's an admittedly small sample size, but I look around the garden and see the tet. Emerald Starburst kids doing every bit as well as, maybe even surpassing, the tet. RFK kids. (cultivars from various breeders)

How does the winter foliage compare between Quoting Hemingway and Sea Change? How would you classify them in your area; sev or dor?
Name: Ina Novodvorsky
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canad (Zone 4a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dragonflies Composter Region: Canadian Organic Gardener Daylilies
Irises Hibiscus Hybridizer Pollen collector Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Photography
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Ina
Dec 22, 2019 6:29 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your recommendations. Jeff thanks for the link, it is making me rethink about evergreens. Karen thank you for the tip, I will be crossing Quoting Hemingway off my list and keeping Sea Change on it. I really appreciate all the input. Thanks again Group hug Thank You!
Name: Jeff
Newaygo, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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goedric
Dec 22, 2019 8:32 PM CST
Hazelcrestmikeb said:Mike Grossman @ northern lights have a zone 4 Hardy list along with his own suggestions. Again ask Ginny Rolling on the floor laughing . Great guy to do business with says me. Rolling on the floor laughing


I placed an order with them yesterday... imagine that!
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
"Have no patience for bare ground"
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 23, 2019 8:13 AM CST
Jeff, Mike is a great guy. It has nothing to do with his first name Rolling on the floor laughing
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"Life as short as it is, is amazing, isn't it. MichaelBurton
"Be your best you". "Mikedon" on the LA.
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Dec 23, 2019 11:26 AM CST
Ina, just wanted to say, I don't know anything about them. Shrug! But, I can't wait to see the pics! Hurray!
I are sooooo smart!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Dec 24, 2019 9:37 AM CST
JamesT said:

How does the winter foliage compare between Quoting Hemingway and Sea Change? How would you classify them in your area; sev or dor?


They are both definitely not dormant because there are still green foliage showing right now.

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