This weekend there are a lot of shows listing the top 10 of this and that for 2017 and I got to thinking what were my top 10 daylilies for the 2017 season? It was a pretty good year for the daylilies with a lot of spring rain and plenty of sun during bloom. The downside was the colder than normal temps which caused opening problems for some taking them off my top 10 list. So here are the top 10 picks from my garden for 2017.
Alone Again, this has been a winner since it's first bloom in 2014. Blooms are saturated and vibrant with a super nice plant and great branching.
Cloud Rider, I first saw this one at Rich Howards and knew I had to have it. Love the color, green throat and watermark.
There's a Place, saw this one at Curt's the year before he registered it. One of my favorites from Curt and a great parent for adding blue to eyes and watermarks.
Crystal Castles, nicely watermarked and incredible branching with loads of buds made this an easy pick. The color was much deeper than normal with our cold mornings, but it opened perfectly every day.
Through a Glass Darkly, I added some of Karol's newer intro's last spring and this one blew me away with it's beautiful color.
Painted on Jeans, just a super nice garden plant, pretty blooms, great branching, lots of buds, opens well, what more can you ask for in a dayliliy? Fertile both ways, awesome parent? Does that too.
Malala, my absolute favorite of the appliqued daylilies I've grown. Tall, well branched and a beautiful bloom.
New Paradigm, this one is a close second to Malala. I love the bright color and super wide petals and sepals...just wish those sepals opened flat instead of being bug baths, as a friend of mine calls them.
Swallow Tail Kite, what a show this one put on this year! Of course it helps when you have a lazy gardener that waits until the clump gets so big she needs a backhoe to dig it out.
The plus side is lots...and lots of scapes.
Cozy Fanny, wasn't to sure about this one when Curt sent it, and it's first year blooming wasn't all that impressive. I do know that waiting until year 2 or 3 for northern plants to get settled in can make a huge difference and it did. The blooms and plant habit were much better this year