Daylily Cultivars for Home Gardeners and Commercial Growers
Emphasizing zones 4-7
(With Some Suggestions for Zones 8-10)
In this installment I will make a list of suggested daylily cultivars for growers, both home gardeners and commercial growers and sellers. The majority of these will be registered as ‘dormant’, though there will be both registered semi-evergreen and evergreen cultivars listed, as well. These will all be plants that I have grown and that have flourished for me. In the interest of full disclosure, I sell many of these cultivars, though not all. I am not making these posts or this listing to generate sells. I do not keep a large quantity of most of these and could not provide large quantities of most of these for large commercial growers. I could at most provide a few clumps of some of these, no more than ten clumps of the few I have in the greatest number. Most I might only have a clump or two to sell from. If you are interested, you can inquire, but the list is designed to give you some suggestions for cultivars to keep an eye out for from your large suppliers, as well as a list to ask your suppliers to offer for sale.
For those that I sell, or have sold in the past, I have prepared in-depth information pages. These pages remain online even when I sell out of a variety. My goal is not be a big commercial seller and for most of the cultivars I am selling from other hybridizers, I will gradually sell out of my stock completely as my space is limited and I will need that space for my own introductions over time. My goal with the cultivars by other hybridizers that I list for sale is to prepare information pages that offer a lot of detail and that those pages remain intact and online long after I no longer carry that cultivar providing information for gardeners, growers and hobbyists for years to come.
Again, I do not sell everything in this list, and only four of my own introductions are on the list. Some of these cultivars I no longer grow. Many of these are easily accessible. At the end of this installment I will provide a list of vendors that I know you can access many of these cultivars through, in addition to my own listings. Each cultivar below will have a link, either to my information page, to another seller/source and/or to an information page about that cultivar, depending on what is available online.
My goal with this series of articles has been to popularize what I consider to be great daylily cultivars that can be very useful for home gardeners and commercial growers and sellers. The daylily is no longer a simple subject, but for all its complexities, useful information of this nature can be hard to find. I hope to create name recognition of great daylily cultivars amongst home and commercial growers. I feel if home growers begin requesting certain daylilies by name, commercial growers will be motivated to grow them. Conversely, if commercial growers are growing and offering great daylilies, more people will be motivated to purchase and grow them. The daylily has much to offer gardeners and commercial growers, provided they work with daylilies that are suitable for their needs. Great popularity for these and other great, reliable varieties is a win-win for everyone, but especially so for the daylily itself.
Alien DNA - A wonderful, modern unusual form by Robert Selman of Blue Ridge Daylilies. I grow this one, but don't offer it at this time. Contact Bob for stock. It is one of the best tetraploid unusual forms I have grown for cold climates, showing moderately late emergence of foliage in spring, with good rust and thrip resistance.
Ancient Elf - Click on the name for the information page - Highly recommended for many garden environments. Adaptable and vigorous! Excellent rust resistance.
Autumn Minaret - Click on the name for the information page - A classic Stout cultivar with many applications in the background of any garden.
Beaucoup Bouquet - A marvelous red tetraploid by Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms that I grow but don't offer at this time. It is a very vigorous, northern hardy plant with a gorgeous, late-season clear red flower.
Beautiful Edgings - Click on the name for the information page- A classic cream yellow flower with pink edges to the petals. An excellent growing plant that performs well in a wide range of zones.
Buttered Popcorn - Click the name to see the information page - This is a classic golden-yellow tetraploid that is an excellent performer in many settings.
Charlie Pierce Memorial - Click the name for the information page - This is a beautiful eyed pink cultivar that is useful in both cooler and warmer climate settings.
Charlie Pierce Memorial
Chicago Apache - Click the name to see the information page - A classic late season red tetraploid, excellent in cold climate settings, but less suitable in warm-winter climates.
Chomping at the Bit - A wonderful relief sculpted throat on a yellow tetraploid flower. This introduction from John and Annette Rice of Thoroughbred Daylilies is the best plant for northern climate gardens of all the relief sculptural types I have grown. I grown this one, but do not offer it at this time.
Chomping At The Bit
Divertissment - Click on the name for the information page - An older Spider-style flower that is an excellent plant, flower and scape. Grows well in a wide range of environments. One of the best plants under a spider flower I know of, often showing rebloom.
Early and Often - A wonderful small reblooming cultivar by Mike Huben, much like Stella De Oro, but with a light melon-cream flower. Excellent rebloomer and hardy in many environments and fast increase. I do not offer this one, but it can be found through Harmon Hill Farms.
Early and Often
Frans Hals - Click on the name for the information page - The classic bicolor daylily, and you can never go wrong with it in cool winter gardens! It is best in zones 4-8.
Gardener S. Smiley - A little-known cultivar by Linda Michaels of Daredevil Daylilies that is an excellent garden plant with a beautiful flower. The foliage is beautiful and the plant is very hardy and puts on quite a show. It should be quite hardy in many different environments. I grow this cultivar, but do not offer it at this time.
Gardner S. Smiley
Hemerocallis fulva Korean - Click on the name for the information page - This is a form of the species H. fulva that is a much more attractive flower than the ubiquitous ditch lily, H. fulva 'Europa'. This one is useful for naturalizing, erosion control and large containers. Be warned, it can be invasive, so it need a large area or a container.
H. fulva 'Korean'
Hush Little Baby - Click the name for the information page - A classic dark pink that has held up over time and is still an exciting garden flower that does well in a wide range of environments.
Hush Little Baby
Insider Trading - Click the name for the information page - This is an excellent red tetraploid that is a vigorous grower. While it is an evergreen, it is hardy in cold-winter settings, and flourishes in warm-winter gardens. Strong rust resistance makes it very attractive for use in southern gardens, while good frost tolerance and lovely foliage makes it very useful in the north as well!
Janice Brown - A classic pink with a deep green throat. Widely available, it is an excellent garden flower, a strong grower and hardy in many climates. I grow this one, but do not offer it at this time. I recommend it highly! It also shows quite high rust and thrip resistance. For use in both northern and southern gardens.
Kanai Sensei - Click on the name for the information page - A seedling of Early and Often and another of Mike Huben's excellent small rebloomers that have light, bright flowers in colors other than yellow. This one is an interesting cream flower with a chartreuse tinge to the whole flower. Excellent, fast increase, very hardy and with excellent rust resistance.
Kindly Light - Click on the name for the information page - The classic canary yellow spider daylily. A strong performer in many environments with strong rust resistance.
Linda - Click on the name for the information page - Another Stout introduction that remains of great garden value. Excellent performer with lots of flowers and strong rust resistance.
Little Grapette - Click on the name for the information page - An excellent small purple that does well in many environments. A great performer and beautiful display.
Mama’s Cherry Pie - Click the name for the information page - A lovely red flower with white edge on a vigorous plant with fat increase. Hardy in northern climates, but can be susceptible to frost in colder climates. Best in warm-winter zones, 8-10. Very rust resistant.
Mama's Cherry Pie
Mardi Gras Parade - Click on the name for the information page - An excellent small cultivar with very high rust resistance and strong thrip resistance.
Mardi Gras Parade
Nanuq - Click on the name for the information page - An excellent cold-hardy near white that shows very strong rust resistance and excellent increase.
Notify Ground Crew - Click on the name for the information page - An extreme interesting tall yellow tetraploid. Fast increase, cold hardy and moderately high rust resistance.
Notify Ground Crew
Pacific Rainbow - click on the name for the information page - A lovely, cold hardy pink with patterned eye. A strong grower that produces many flowers for a long display. Fast increase and moderate rust resistance with excellent frost tolerance and thrip resistance.
Pack Hunter - Click on the name for the information page - A wonderful late-flowering cultivar, tall with many flowers and an excellent plant. Cold hardy and vigorous. Strong rust and thrip resistance.
Redneck Red - Click on the name for the information page - A wonderful tall red that is very cold hardy with a beautiful plant and large flowers. Strong rust resistance and moderately high thrip resistance.
Rosy Complexion - A wonderful bright, dark pink with a paler pink watermarked eye. This introduction from John and Annette Rice of Thoroughbred Daylilies is very cold hardy with moderately high thrip and rust resistance. I grow this one, but do not offer it at this time.
Siloam Mama - Click on the name for the information page - A wonderful bright yellow with a very flat flower. Cold hardy and vigorous, the foliage is very attractive.
So Lovely - Click on the name for the information page - A lovely old pale yellow/near-white by Lenington that is very vigorous and hardy. It flourishes in many environments, both cold and warm-winter climates. Strong rust resistance.
Solaris Symmetry - Click on the name for the information page - This is one of the best daylilies I have ever grown. It should be widely grown. Cold hardy and suitable for any cold-winter environment, it may not do as well in the deep south. The flower is lovely, the foliage is beautiful and the plant shows fast increase. Strong frost resistance and tolerance as well as strong thrip resistance.
Spider Man - A wonderful red unusual form that shows frost susceptibility but has excellent frost tolerance, rust resistance and thrip resistance. Even though it is an early flowering type and can show considerable frost damage, it always puts on a wonderful show, with a very nicely formed clump and flower display. Cold hardy and fast increasing. I grow this one, but don't offer it at this time. It is available through many of the vendors listed below.
Spider Miracle - Click on the name for the information page - A classic curling, cascade unusual form in a chartreuse-yellow tone. A vigorous plant with strong rust resistance and strong cold hardiness, this one makes a stall statement in the garden.
Substantial Evidence - Click on the name for the information page - This amazing modern flat flower is a strong grower, cold hardy and vigorous. Amazing in person and a worthy plant for commercial and garden applications.
Substantial Glow - Click on the name for the information page - This is one of my small reblooming introductions that shows a cold hardy, very vigorous plant and high rust resistance with a flat, bright orange flower that glows from across the garden.
Substantial Heart - Click on the name for the information page - One of my small reblooming introductions. This deep red flower is a vigorous, cold hardy plant with very rain and sun-fast flowers. It also shows excellent rust and thrip resistance.
Substantial Returns - Click on the name for the information page - Substantial Returns is one of my introductions that is a small rebloomer with lovely, flat, melon-colored flowers, strong rebloom and a vigorous plants that are cold hardy. Strong rust and good thrip resistance.
Substantial Substance - Click on the name for the information page - Substantial Substance is one of my introductions that is a small rebloomer with bright canary-yellow flowers that are flat and have incredibly thick substance. The flowers hold up incredibly well in sun and rain and the plant is attractive and vigorous. High rust and thrip resistance.
Trade-last - Click on the name for the information page - A wonderful, round and ruffled light pink. Vigorous and cold hardy, able to thrive in many environments. Excellent rust resistance.
Volcan Fuego - Click the name for the information page - A wonderful tall, branched golden orange unusual form, late blooming, vigorous and cold hardy. Very rust and thrip resistant.
Whooperee - A wonderful red with a bright green throat. An evergreen with great frost tolerance, and excellent rust and thrip resistance. Cold hardy for northern gardens, but flourishes in the south due to evergreen foliage. I grow this one, but do not offer it at this time. It is available through Amador Flower Farm.
Women Seeking Men - A marvelous pink from Curt Hanson. The plant is cold hardy and does well in warm-winter environments as well. The plant is large with very nice branching and a large dark pink flower with slightly lighter pink eye/watermark. A vigorous plant that is very impressive. I grow this one but do not offer it at this time. Widely available.
Women Seeking Men
Zelazny - Click on the name for the information page - A lovely purple spider type that is a fast grower, cold hardy and shows excellent rust resistance.
My website is: Sun Dragon Daylilies