David Daehnke, The Gardening Guru
Mahwah, NJ 07430
The 2003 All American Daylily Winners
a stunning bloom, represents a breakthrough in red daylily breeding. While most
red daylily blooms lose their luster as the sun beats down on them,
'Frankly Scarlet' shines in the heat. Starting out somewhat muted in the
morning, these velvety, scarlet, four-inch blooms actually build color intensity
throughout the afternoon and are still vibrant past 6:00 in the evening.
'Plum Perfect' the other 2003 winner, also in the landscape category, shows off pure plum blooms borne on well-branched scapes. Its 3 1/2-inch flower features an indigo purple eyezone that is set off by a glowing gold throat, purple veining, white mid-ribs and lightly ruffled edges.
Clear, vibrant color coupled with a striking
symmetry of foliage sets this beauty apart. Frequent reblooming is another
reward for growing this rapid multiplier. 'Plum Perfect' thrives
and blooms in full sun and light shade
The soaring popularity of
daylilies, combined with the bewildering profusion of varieties and growing
characteristics, demanded the development of a standard for daylily
excellence. The All-American Daylily Selection Council, organized to address
this demand, now coordinates a testing program which evaluates daylilies on
over 50 performance characteristics across a nationwide network of test sites.
This rigorous testing has produced comprehensive and surprising results. Who
would have thought, for example, that a daylily bred in Texas would have been
a top bloomer in Wisconsin, or that one from Missouri would perform so well in
the heat of Southern California?
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