David Daehnke, The Gardening Guru
Mahwah, NJ 07430
The 2005 All American Daylily Winners
This 2005 winner in the Exhibition category has striking eye appeal! Mega-sized 7” red blooms have heavy substance and smooth velvety texture. The scapes are strong very well-branched and produce plentiful buds. It blooms at 29-33” tall in mid-season and continues its color display for 6-8 weeks. It is recommended foe USDA zones 4-9.
“MISS MARY MARY”
This All-American in the Landscape category begins blooming very early in the season with single petalled small blooms atop 12-17” stems. These early blooms are look-a-like for the parent plant, Stella de Oro. Fluffy, double petalled blooms begin appearing with increasing numbers on repeat bloom scapes throughout the summer, and until frost. The plant foliage is 12-16” tall by 18-22” wide and has grassy winter dormant foliage. Its compact habit makes it a great border or container plant. It is recommended foe USDA zones 4-9.
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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