Daylily delirium

I regret that I cannot pass along any of the cultivar names of these beauties, since I was in a hurry to snap the pictures.  But, needless to say, the staff and volunteers at the Central Experimental Farm, where these pictures were taken, seem to have been hard at work making sure they are labelled.  Hooray!  And if you’re looking for a nursery to see dozens of varieties in bloom, and buy a generous clump, check out Whitehouse Perennials, just outside Ottawa in Almonte, Ontario.

These display beds are in the ornamental gardens of the Central Experimental Farm, just south of the annual beds.

One of the ways in which breeders rate the quality of their newest varieties is the texture and thickness of the petals.   The thicker the petal, the more durable (i.e. heat, wind and sun resistant) it is.   They also seem to hold their colour better.

Yum.  Almost good enough to eat.

Almost too many to choose!  But what other perennials are good companions for daylilies?

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), variegated loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’), hybrid speedwell (Veronica cv.) and Oriental lilies are mingling here with a luminous red daylily …

This bed combines a spider-form of daylily with an ornamental grass (foreground right; perhaps a Molinia?) with grape-leaf anemone (Anemone robustissima) in the background.  They have also inserted a Dracaena (or is it a Cordyline?) behind, for a touch of something tropical.  Love it. 

Echinacea and Monarda are also simultaneous bloomers.

Go take a trip down to the Farm.   With these long, wide borders there’s lots to see.

2 thoughts on “Daylily delirium”

  1. Hollyhocks, especially the black (really dark red) ones or the red, red ones, are nice behind Daylilies. Yarrow ‘Moonshine’ works well with the darker orange or brick-coloured ones, too.

    On the other hand, looking at my row of Daylilies….. Erodium manescasvii is a really b-a-d companion to peach coloured Daylilies. The Erodium’s bright purple- pink with the deep peach Daylily flowers, ouch.

  2. Lis,
    I agree with you about the hollyhocks (great way of camoflaging the rust-y foliage) and yarrow. You had me googling Erodium — never heard of it! But you’re right – bad combo. Maybe a near white cultivar like ‘Gentle Shepherd’ would be a good companion.

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