My husband and I relocated thirty-one years ago to the Eastern Townships area of southern Quebec, a few minutes from the Vermont border and beautiful Lake Memphremagog.
Thousands of Hemerocallis (daylily) cultivars fall into this category. The genus comes in low-growing miniature varieties to tall cultivars with seven-inch blooms. Doubles and frilly edged knockouts are also becoming widely available, as are spider and unusual form daylilies. There are early, midseason and late-blooming varieties and rebloomers as well. The garden is never void of colour all summer long, thanks to these wonderful hybrids.
My garden presently has approximately 350 different daylily cultivars, and that's a manageable limit. I do not want to increase that number as it would result in enlarging flowerbeds. To accomplish that end, I part with a number of daylilies each Fall to make room for newcomers the following Spring. Seeing new plants bloom for the first time is such a joy, as I walk about with morning coffee to check them all out. Peak bloom is a kaliedescope of color and a sight that's food for the soul. Over the past decades I have lost very few plants and have never seen a significant pest problem on my daylilies. Japanese beetles, rose chafters and red lily beetles are not attracted to them, unlike some of my other perennials. My daylilies celebrate hardiness, versatility and easy handling.
Photographs of my daylilies can be seen on the List of Favorites link.
I hope my garden will inspire you to experiment with daylilies. Thanks for visiting.