Every season, in early January, the daylily catalogues arrive like precise clockwork. I am deliberating whether or not I will order more fans this year for a garden that cries out enough hemerocallis already! Being the undisciplined plant collector that I am, it’s difficult to resist adding more.
To deflect attention away from the empty order sheet that wants to be filled, I decided to play a mind game. Using the catalogue from Hemerocallis Montfort, a local grower in the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains, I made a hypothetical collection of those plants that combine strong, eye-catching visuals, with high to very high prices tags. By coincidence, most of the selection is better suited for a hot-colored garden.
Long hours and much energy are invested in breeding new varieties of hemerocallis. Primarily, that accounts for the higher prices. It will take from three to six years before they become more affordable. Until then, this assortment will not appear on my to buy list.
Bass Gibson is bright yellow and orange with exceptionally toothy edges. Strong thick scapes grow 32 inches high, with 3 to 5 branches, flowers measure 5.5 inches and are sunfast until late afternoon. Plant produces 20 to 30 buds, dormant foliage, and blooms early to mid season.
Running Hot has flowers that bloom red with a ruffled gold edge and measure 6.5 inches. The scapes reach 28 inches high, with wide laterals, 4-way branching, and 30 to 35 buds. With beautiful low arching evergreen foliage, it blooms early to mid season.
Jennifer Trimmer produces blooms that measure 6 ¾” in lavender purple with watermark and knobby gold edge, foliage is evergreen, and scapes are 30 inches tall. The breeder is so impressed with the appearance of this variety that he has named it after his daughter. It blooms early to mid season with repeats.
Ruckus has blooms measuring 5.5 inches on 28 inch scapes. Flowers are yellow with brushed cinnamon rose highlights with fireworks all over the petal edges and most of the sepal edges, flowers midseason, dormant foliage.
Dances with Giraffes produces two branches of very tall scapes reaching 60 inches high, with massive cascading blooms that measure 8 inches across, flowering medium late with a 26 bloom count, in gold yellow with a green throa; foliage is dormant.
Kathrine Marin has a watermark on cherry pink coloring with wide, knobby creamy-gold edges. The 6-inch flowers are borne on strong 33-inch scapes, having 3 to 4 branches. Each branch has 5 to 7 buds, creating a high bud count, foliage is semi evergreen and flowers bloom mid season to late.
Orange Grove produces a flower in pumpkin orange with red eye and serrated edge. Its tall elegant scapes reach 33 inches high and hold flat heavy iridescent blooms that measure 6.5 inches across in an outfacing manner for perfect viewing; 4-way branching (2 laterals plus terminal “y”), 35-40 buds, blooms early with repeats; evergreen foliage.