David Daehnke, The Gardening Guru
Mahwah, NJ 07430
The 2004 All American Daylily Winners
This fiery beauty steals the show with rich, bright orange blooms that refuse to be ignored. Starting the show just as most other daylilies are winding down, Lady Lucille displays a sequence of flashy 5-6" diameter blooms on well branched 22-30" tall bloomstalks from summer into autumn. Shiny, 15-20" tall dark green foliage contrasts dramatically with the brilliant blooms, and remains lush even on sweltering summer days. Pest and disease resistant, Lady Lucille is eyecatching when planted singly, and breathtaking in a mass display. Hardy USDA Zones 4-10. PPAF.
Masses of blooms offer a splendid display of color for this All-American winner in the Exhibition category. Fragrant, well-formed round blooms with wide ruffled petals. The 3-4" blooms are medium pink with a darker rose band around a small chartreuse throat, borne on well-branched, 20-25" tall scapes. Blooms start early in the season and rebloom in USDA Zone 6 and up (two rebloom cycles in Zone 9-10). Tidy 15-20" tall foliage and delicate bouquets of blooms provide a cheerful greeting along a garden path, in a pot or at the front of the perennial bed. A nice edging for rose beds. Deciduous foliage is cold hardy down to at least USDA Zone 4.Hardy USDA zones 4-10.
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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