I'm starting this thread since the idea has been suggested on two other posts. (I'm not sure why those folks didn't just start this thread.) Anyhow, which daylilies have the prettiest faces in the garden, but don't necessarily have high bud counts or the best plant habits? They might have good, moderate or poor plant performance, but they have the prettiest faces that stop you in your tracks.
These are mine:
Bubblegum Delicious - I love the color and the edge on this one, even though it seldom has more than 10 buds per scape. Most years it's my favorite pink in the garden.
Fighting Fire has gotten 16 buds some years, but most years it has about 12-13 buds per scape. It does rebloom well. Again, I love the shade of red and the edge.
Stenciled Infusion is my favorite patterned daylily. It never has anywhere near the registered bud count, but most years reblooms. I can't stop looking at its pretty face.
Midnight Castle - Much shorter than registered and not may buds, but it's my favorite purple face in the garden. The color is one of the truest purples in my garden, and I love its white edge.n
Gilded Butterfly is short and only has about 9-10 buds per scape. It does rebloom well.
Simply Charming another one with 9-12 buds here. It sometimes reblooms.
Olly Olly Oxen Free - Shorter scapes than I would like and not a lot of buds, but I love the look of the flowers.
Violet Sabrewing is a favorite face that never has a lot of buds. It's finally multiplied into a clump though.
Spacecoast Night Vision is another true purple without red tones. It has modest bud counts, but usually reblooms here.
Last Snowflake's face enchants me. I wish it had more blooms.
The Ultimate Sacrifice usually has bud counts in the low teens and reblooms reliably here.