Daylilies forum: Preferred Foilage on Daylilies?

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 3:51 PM CST
I like the healthy-looking foliage of Jedi Brenda Spann. I am not that crazy about the upright form of the foliage. I am hoping that the foliage does eventually cascade over for a more pleasing look. I do like C, D, and G that I posted in my very first post. But .... I believe some of my favorite blooms will be on the other foliage. Foliage E is Lady Neva which I am sure I am going to love that bloom. But the foliage does look like wild hair currently!

I guess you can't always have everything perfect..... Confused Whistling Smiling Maybe it's the imperfections that make our gardens so interesting? If all the foliage looked exactly the same, that would seem rather boring to me. Rolling my eyes.

Added to thank ....

Some of you added some GREAT foliage photos! THANK YOU! I saw some more that I liked!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 4:03 PM CST
Ok ... got another question to ask here ....

What is the best height for scapes? (I am talking inches in height.) I know most everyone here probably agrees that scapes/blooms above the foliage is best, but what height do you consider a registration-worthy height?
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 2, 2016 4:23 PM CST
I don't think that can be defined. The best scape height once it clears the foliage would depend on it's use and personal preferences. I like them taller because of the way I grow them and where they are located, but I can easily conceive of locations where taller scapes would be in the way and disruptive to general scheme of things and shorter ones would work. I've been skittish of trying the really tall ones. Mentally they appeal to me, but they are going to be subject to windy conditions much of the time and taller scapes mean more exposure to those conditions. Also I think the bloom size might affect that. A very small bloom on really tall scapes would fall into the 'specialty' category much of the time. There could be a location where that might work out really well, but generally I think the proportions would be off in many situations. I feel the same way about a too large bloom on a shorter plant. It's out of balance in a way a smaller bloom wouldn't be. All my opinion, of course.
Donald
(Zone 6a)
taylordaylily
Apr 2, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Donald, Don't be afraid to try the taller cultivars due to wind. My gardens are wind swept constantly. I haven't had a problem with scapes bending or flopping over and the blooms look pretty swaying in the wind.

Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Karen - Can you recommend some tall scape cultivars that hold up in windy weather?
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 4:47 PM CST
I've often thought that scapes in the 32 - 38" range were good heights typically, but I don't know.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 2, 2016 4:48 PM CST
'Jedi Brenda Spann' :
This is a photo of my Jedi Brenda Spann foliage
Thumb of 2016-04-02/Seedfork/f581ed

Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 4:56 PM CST
Oh! I like that a LOT! Thanks for sharing a photo of yours, Larry. Great foliage. I hope mine settles down and starts to look like that, too.
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(Zone 6a)
taylordaylily
Apr 2, 2016 5:29 PM CST
Becky, Here is a list of the ones I have that are over 40" tall
Autumn Minaret 66" tall
Catapult Sam 45" tall. Love, Love this one!
Culmination 44" tall
Fireworks Exploding 48" tall
Horsepower 44" tall
Lady Neva 42" tall
Mad Max 46" tall
Mico 44" tall
Peacock Feathers 43" tall this one is newly planted, I can't speak to how it holds up to wind, yet.
Slipped My Disco 52" tall again new planting
Smoke Scream 42" tall
Volcanic Eruption 46" tall

The wind keeps knocking my power out so, I'm not able to download pictures at this time. Sorry!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 2, 2016 5:35 PM CST
66"??? Wow!
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Name: shirlee
southeast (Zone 6b)
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mistyfog
Apr 2, 2016 6:11 PM CST
I find that the pineapple foliage types stay that way throughout the season, and those are mostly the
ones that bloom down in the foliage. Only have a few like this, but I keep them for other reasons like
trying to improve a fault with crosses when the blooms or other traits are favorable.

Also, my favorite is blue-green foliage, and have a few, but they don't attain that color until the
temps warm up.

Some daylilies at this time of year when temps can go from mid-70s to freezing will appear to
have the veining chlorosis, but I believe that to be a variant temperature anomaly in new spring growth. Have seen this happen every year so far. As the season warms, the dark green foliage appears as is normal.

Regarding scape height, I personally want the blooms to be at minimum about 6 inches above the foliage, but I notice many favor much taller ones. Many of my purchased plants state taller scapes, yet in this garden they do not grow that tall. Evidently, different gardens and zones, different growth habits. I believe for registration purposes there isn't any particular standard, though there might be
for show plants.
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 2, 2016 7:15 PM CST
Thanks Polymerous - that is good to know.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Apr 2, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Seedfork said:'Jedi Brenda Spann' :
This is a photo of my Jedi Brenda Spann foliage
Thumb of 2016-04-02/Seedfork/f581ed



I see a new scape coming up. Are you going to time how long it takes until there is an open bloom?
Donald
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Apr 3, 2016 4:23 AM CST
What about this type of foliage? I'm not sure how it compares to Becky's picture.


I'm liking it a lot, it's Caracas Candle. It didn't bloom the past year so I'm hoping to see blooms this summer.
It almost disappeared completely and it has a new fan which is the same height of the first, now.

I find new fans or newly reborn plants have better leaves than the one that stays green over the winter.

I like the shape of Stella de Oro clumps too, it's a nice small bush that fits in small spots, even if it's a really fast grower.
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
(Lee Reinke X Rose F Kennedy) X Unk
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Apr 3, 2016 4:57 AM CST
Wow, I like that Caracas Candle foliage look, Sabrina!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 3, 2016 6:42 AM CST
Me, too! I agree Thumbs up
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 3, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I also really like the look of that foliage. That is a great name for it because it actually reminds me of a candelabra.
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
Love daylilies and making candles!
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cybersix
Apr 3, 2016 3:01 PM CST
It's perfect, no flaws no bends... I hope it will stay so and then bloom!
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 3, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Share some photos when it does bloom! We all want to see. Thumbs up
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 4, 2016 6:17 AM CST
needrain,
Very good eye, I had not noticed the scape forming! Yes, I will keep up with how long it takes to bloom from this point starting from I'll say April 1st just to make it easy to keep up with. I had to go back out to verify there was a scape forming, I could not tell from the photo.

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