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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 7, 2020 8:20 PM CST
I have limited room by my patio for 2 (maybe 3) daylily plants and would like them to smell good. What are your most fragrant varieties?
Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Jun 8, 2020 8:31 AM CST
All yellows, all oldies--Hudson Valley, Lexington, Hyperion.
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Hyperion
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Hudson Valley
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Lexington
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 8, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Ok, funny question. Do they all smell the same or are they like roses and have different scents?
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 8, 2020 9:09 AM CST
I haven't compared them but agree that Hudson Valley has a wonderful fragrance..........It also makes a bright cheery clump when in blooms.
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Jun 8, 2020 10:33 AM CST
To my nose, they are similar. I haven't noticed any great variation, but scent can be subjective, what one nose detects, another nose might detect something different. Other factors to consider are size of flowers and number of plants. Hudson Valley has the biggest flowers in our garden, but the plants are spaced out. Lexington is in a row of three. Hyperion is all by itself. If you have two or three of any of these that are close together, you should have a lot of fragrance when they bloom.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jun 15, 2020 4:49 AM CST
I think Spanish Fandango smells like honeysuckle. Hudson Valley smells nice and so does its kid, Valley Monster. All yellows!
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Valley Monster is huge:)



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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Jun 15, 2020 8:06 AM CST
These forums are great for finding out about other fragrant daylilies. We have Spanish Fandango but it has suffered badly here, so we finally got smart, moved it to a different place and we think it is going to turn into a good plant. Wow, never heard of Valley Monster, but I am on the hunt for a source, love your photo, Vickie, and the pics of it in the database.
Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
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MrKGDickie
Jun 15, 2020 8:11 PM CST
I agree that older, yellow cutivars do tend to most fragrant.

Star Dream (Fass-P., 1955):



Snow Elf (Bryant-E, 1974):



Southern Part of Heaven (Holman-Massey, 1999):
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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
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bluegrassmom
Jun 16, 2020 2:11 AM CST
Smuggler's Gold is the one I noticed while weeding yesterday but then I don't have the ones above.
I should add some by my bench area.
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Jun 16, 2020 7:13 AM CST
My two most fragrant so far are :

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Ebony Circle

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Gold Helmet

On a hot and humid day you can smell those from several feet away.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
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bluegrassmom
Jun 16, 2020 6:45 PM CST
I wonder why the yellow ones are the most fragrant?
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Name: Dave
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SunriseSide
Jun 17, 2020 6:22 AM CST
The lemon lily in their ancestry?
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gardenfish
Jun 17, 2020 6:28 AM CST
I bought this one from a lily growing member On this forum. Not a yellow, but fragrant!
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I do have a particular fondness for pink day lilies.
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Name: Ken
Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b)
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MrKGDickie
Jun 17, 2020 8:02 AM CST
SunriseSide said:The lemon lily in their ancestry?


My guess is that many of the fragrant yellow or near-white cultivars are just genetically closer to the fragrant species daylilies. Low branches, closer to the roots of the hemerocallis family tree. I know genetics doesn't always work like that, though.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jun 17, 2020 1:27 PM CST
Not only do they smell better, but I think the yellow and white daylilies taste better too!
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Name: Frank Richards
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frankrichards16
Jun 17, 2020 5:38 PM CST
I was not aware that some daylilies are fragrant.

And, i do not have a great nose. I can detect liliacs and mock oranges. maybe some heirloom roses:)

As far as taste, I pass:)
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Jun 26, 2020 2:27 PM CST
I know most of my fragrant daylilies are yellow or mostly yellow, but here are three that have a fragrance that are not yellow.

Zelazny smells like honeysuckle to me, much like Spanish Fandango does.


I could smell Doctor Who from a few feet away and it had about 8-10 blooms.


Gudrid smells nice too!


I am sure there are more out there that are not yellow that have a fragrance!
Vickie
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 26, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Thank you all for your input!!

SunnyinMichigan
Jul 22, 2020 8:11 AM CST
Lots of good suggestions here! I will have to look into the not-yellow fragrant daylilies. Got to expand my options!

And Frank, massing of blooms helps with the perceived strength of the scent as does humidity and a bit of warmth.
A full grown clump of Hyperion with many stems will be fragrant (to me) several feet away, but one flower in the middle of the day not so much.

So far my favorites for scent usually have the species H. citrina somewhere in their background, like Tetrina's Daughter, Hyperion...
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 22, 2020 9:28 AM CST
I have walked past Hudson Valley by 3 feet and I can often enjoy the fragrance.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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