Daylilies forum: Other plants that just won't grow in your garden?

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 18, 2016 6:41 PM CST
Other than 'Stella De Ora' and 'Happy Returns' I have a few more that have been real duds thus far in my garden:
1. 'Jason Mark' (It has had a terrible life with many hardships but still it is only one tiny fan).
2. 'Smoky Mountain Autumn' This plant did bloom, but only a few blooms and there is nothing to be seen of it (I will be surprised it it is just dormancy) I fear it has departed.
3. 'Emperor Butterfly' This plant looked great for a while, but never bloomed that I know of and there is nothing left of it now after just two seasons.
4. 'Prairie Blue Eyes' multiplies like crazy, but I don't think I had a single bloom on it this year, it was at least it's second year here.
5. 'Taj Mahal' Another plant that has made many grassy fans but I don't think it has ever bloomed after two years here. I just trimmed it back and it looks great, hope next year it does better or its gone.
6. 'Wineberry Candy' Very surprised at this one, but it just has done nothing and is still very tiny and struggling just to survive.
Does anyone in a warm climate have these and do they perform well for you?
Interested in hearing about any plants you have that just don't perform well for you.
Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Dec 19, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Ocean Rainbow blooms well and even has rebloom, but the plant always looks ratty and doesn't increase well here. I keep it
because it produces pods so well, but it is nothing like it was the first year it came from Florida.

Red Bull is less than half the number of buds they quote in the catalog, but the flowers open well, and it will rebloom also.
After several years, I still only have a few plants, but Jurassic Pink from the same shipment and planted next to it is making
up for it, plus some!

Scott Perry has the most amazing color, but the plant is horrible here and struggles to grow at all. I tossed it.

Pansy Yellow also has a great flower and really nice scapes. It has survived -25 here, but I still only have two plants.

New Paradigm is another one that disappoints.

Gavin Petit, again nice flowers, but the evergreen plant hates it here.

Wonder of it All has a nice plant and lots of buds, but very few open without hanging up. I tossed it.

Heavenly Angel Ice grows in a tight clump much like Stella, and the flowers are rather small, but it has given me a
seedling that is perfect, so as a parent it is pretty good. I tossed it though and kept the seedling.
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Dec 19, 2016 3:09 PM CST
The only one you mentioned that I have had long term was Smoky Mountain Autumn. I grow most of my daylilies in pots, so keep that in mind. The problem I had with SMA was crown rot. Some of it was in spring and some of it in fall. Some years it was worse then others too. One year however it didn't reappear come spring and that was the end of that. Sure was a pretty one though....... I've often wondered if daylilies, like so many other plants, have their own individual likes and dislikes when it comes to humidity. Many plants can take the heat, but heat combined with high humidity (as we have here) can cause those same heat tolerant plants to rot. We are not like Phoenix.......I have Happy Returns btw in the ground. It's been with me for decades. It blooms off and on all summer as a rule, but the scapes can get very short late in the season when the temperatures are in the high 90's to over 100...........Maryl
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 19, 2016 4:44 PM CST
Maryl, that could be a meaningful observation. My 'Smoky Mountain Autumn' was planted down in my bog bed in a particularly wet spot. If I decide to try it again I will plant it in one of the dryer beds.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 19, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Maryl said:.I have Happy Returns btw in the ground. It's been with me for decades. It blooms off and on all summer as a rule, but the scapes can get very short late in the season when the temperatures are in the high 90's to over 100...........Maryl


'Happy Returns' does the same short scape thing here at the end of the season when it is quite cold. When I could be bothered I've sometimes shortened the leaves so that the flowers would be above them, since few if any other daylilies are flowering by that time of year.

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