janetpetiole(4b)August 12, 2007

I know I could post this on the daylily forum, but I only want to hear about which ones grow very well in Wisconsin.

I know Stellas do well, I have some that I will be replacing because I don't love the color. Aside from the other very common ones that can be found at any temporary garden center, which ones do you grow that do well every year?

I prefer spiders and petals that don't have much ruffling, and I'm not a collector so I really don't care about the latest and greatest; older varieties are fine with me. I more interested in fully hardy daylilies with nice form.

Can you help?

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I've just begun to collect Spiders and UFOs this year, so I can't help you with any long term results with those.
But here's a few that have performed well every year for me:

Atlanta Moonlight - high bud count, long bloomer
Prairie Blue Eyes - have 5 clumps surrounding an old tree stump, and they bloom for 6 weeks+
Lavender Deal - large flowers
Hyperion - an heirloom, hight bud count, tall
Pardon Me - blooms all season, outperforming Stella D'oro!
Always Afternoon - increases well
Wineberry Candy - high bud cound, increases well
Bonanza - a golden oldie
Chicago Silver - long bloomer
Final Touch - nice late bloomer
Fuchsia Dream - ML bloomer, high bud count
Indy Long Legs - blooms and blooms and blooms!
James Marsh - high bud count, fast increaser
Moonlit Masquerade - high bud count, very fertile, long bloomer
Red Volunteer - one of the prettiest reds I've ever seen!
Rocket City - heirloom, tough!
Siloam Merle Kent - short, high bud count
Summer Wine, - long bloomer, high bud count

I could go on and on, but I've had these the longest, and they are some tough plants.

I'm sure others can add to this list.

Have fun planting!


    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 2:21PM
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Wow Julie. Thank you for taking the time to type everything out! I can't wait to look everything up and make a buy list.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 2:46PM
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If you live anywhere near Madison, go to the Flower Factory Perennials in Stoughton. They have a huge selection of daylilies recommended for Wisconsin. The two I bought from them this spring both bloomed their first year and were exactly what I wanted.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 6:03PM
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Are there any that don't do well here? I ask this seriously because I just pick whatever bloom I like the look of and they have all done well.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 9:57PM
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I think anyone who lives in zone 5 has little chance in losing daylilies. In the 7+ years I've been growing them, I've only lost two, and that was because of spring flooding, so the crowns probably rotted.

If I'm in doubt about the hardiness of a daylily, I look in the plant files data base at I've found no cultivars that DON'T survive zone 5. However, there are some that aren't hardy in zones 3 & 4, but I've talked with people on line who mulch the "tender" varieties in those colder zones.


    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 11:20PM
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aka_margo(z5a WI)

I know nothing about daylilies. But I do have 'Pardon Me' and "Strawberry Candy' and both do well, even in part sun. I do really like the spider type of daylily though. Not that far from us is a place called Solaris Farms. I have never been there, but it is in Reedsville. It's kind like the lady up-north only with Daylilies. He only is open one more day this year and that is Wednesday from 10-7. I am pretty sure he is a teacher,

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 8:58AM
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You are Soooooooo lucky to live near Solaris Farms!
I have ordered daylilies from them, and they are some of the largest fans & roots I've ever received mail-order.
Absolutely Northern hardy.

A few other northern-hardy daylily venders for you:
(Cambridge, WI)
(Avalon, WI)
(Northern Grown Perennials - Ferryville, WI)
(They also sell Hostas - huge ones!)
(New York)
(Dodgeville, WI)

Have fun getting hooked on daylilies!


    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 2:35PM
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Solaris Farms looks like I place I must visit next year, Jen. Scenic View sells daylilies too, but I still haven't gone there this year.

Thanks for the list, Julie. I'd call you a troublemaker for posting all those websites, but I doubt I'll get hooked - all that deadheading scares me off from owning too many. lol

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 10:23PM
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