And the winner goes to…..King George. We are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful late July daylilies in our garden. All survived the harsh New England winter with record breaking snowfall. These are our absolute favorites. If I had to recommend one, it would be King George for its enormous flowers, but you should try to get them all and you’ll be rewarded year after year.
Bela Lugosi – a clever or meaningful name can really help sell a daylily. I enjoy classic horror movies, and Bela Lugosi’s performance as Count Dracula in the 1931 Universal Studios film [Dracula] is an all-time favorite. This daylily tribute to the silverscreen legend is fitting being that the (slightly ruffled) flower is a phantom-dark purple with a contrasting creamy-gold throat.
I came across the ‘Bela Lugosi’ name on a spreadsheet at a daylily farm, and made a beeline to the referenced garden bed to pique my interest. It was serendipitous that this daylily was the dark purple I was hoping to find that day.
This flower is one of my favorites of all the (30+) daylily cultivars I have in my gardens, and is positioned at a focal point from my main entryway. Fortunately, this daylily has a good bud count and the 6-inch flowers are supported on sturdy stalks. Unlike dracula, the dark-purple color does not succumb to sunlight that easily. Bela Lugosi is approximately 33″, blooms during mid season, and has semi-evergreen foliage. This daylily is highly recommended for any garden, and the moderate difficulty in acquiring it is worth the effort. I have not seen this daylily for sale at local nurseries, but it is available from daylily specialists. Check out your local daylily farm or display garden.
I would like to start a Universal Monsters-theme garden, and I have the following cultivars on my watch list: Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster; Dracula’s Mistress; Dracula’s Smile. The open registration for naming daylily cultivars has made such theme-type gardens possible from the thousands of named cultivars on record. Look out for the upcoming Star Wars series! According to the American Hemerocallis Society Online Dayliliy Database, Star Wars character names (e.g. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, etc.) have been reserved until 2016. You can search for daylily cultivars here http://www.daylilydatabase.org.
The autumn minaret daylily is one to consider in a tight spot that has some vertical real estate. We had such a place in a foundation garden where the casement windows (at our sunroom) stood a perfect 6’ above ground level. We placed one clump purchased at Collamore Field Gardens (Scituate, MA), one of the 300+ American Hemerocallis Society Display Gardens throughout the United States and Canada.
The autumn minaret flower is yellow/gold with the tepals streaked lengthwise in a burnt-orange color (or “colour” for Canadians). Their star-shape blossoms are approximately 4” in diameter, and they gently sway on thin stalks at a towering 66”+ height. You may have to use a step ladder to get cuttings from this one! This cultivar is a classic that was registered back in 1951, and can be commonly found at garden centers.
This plant did not disappoint for us, and several neighbors commented on its impressive height. The flower itself isn’t too showy, but will be one of the few in bloom during late August into September. The single clump we purchased was divided next season, and the plants bloom heavily on very rigid stalks that support themselves. The flowers just peak above our interior window sills, and run the length of the daybed situated against the wall of our sunroom. This flower is highly recommended for any daylily enthusiast, or anyone else that wants a bulletproof plant that can start up a conversation.
For all of you Hemerocallis fans out there, here are seven daylilies that will be sure to impress your guests at your 4th of July or Canada Day (July 1st) party. All of these pictures were taken on June 29th at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The best part about these daylilies is that you will enjoy them year after year with very little maintenance. They will readily multiply on their own each year, making them the perfect parting favor for your summer party guests . Continue reading Seven Daylilies That Bloom in Late June and Early July→