Ahhhhh, the common daylily. Latin name = Hemerocallis. Perhaps no other perennial is so well known and so well loved by homeowners for it's cheery, colorful, summertime flowers and hardy, never-die attitude.
I'm sure everyone has seen huge groupings of yellow daylilies in commercial settings such as the entrance to your favorite mall or along 71 Highway. They can be seen everywhere this time of year.
Daylilies have their origins in Asia. They came to the new world in the 18th century. The 'Stella de Oro' daylily was created by Walter Jablonski in 1975. For my non-Spanish speaking readers, that roughly translates to Star of Gold. Your welcome!
According to the 2010 definition of the American Hemerocallis Society, Stella D'Oro is a “historic daylily", having been registered before 1980. Soon after its creation, it gained rapid popularity all over America and became number one selling daylily in the world. It has won many awards for its uniqueness and popularity.
Not all daylilies are created equal though. The varieties pictured above are well liked because of their tight, grassy growing habit, extreme hardiness, drought tolerance, and low maintenance. They repeat bloom throughout the summer, no deadheading needed. **Although, deadheading does keep the plant looking cleaner and promotes a quicker re-bloom. BEWARE: Deer and rabbits are particularly fond of the blooms.
In the following photo of my bank, you can see that many 'Happy Returns' have been planted but the 2 plants in the foreground are clearly another variety with a larger habit. The leaf blades are wider, the clump is taller and the bloom is taller as well.
Here's a close up of the blooms to compare.
Also located at my bank, an accidental blend of 'Happy Returns' (clear, buttery yellow) with 'Stella D'Oro' (gold-orange yellow) This can often be confusing for both growers and gardeners as the leaves and buds look identical until they bloom. Better hope those tags are correct!
Here's a pretty variety of yellow daylily with a red design on the petal. These are growing very well in the islands at the CVS on 3rd Street in Lees Summit. They appear to be repeat bloomers. Any suggestions as to the variety would be most appreciated. I really like these ones. The red makes all the difference.
These fun, giant bloomers are living at my house. I love the bright, cheerful ruffles and the light fragrance. They are not repeat bloomers, though, and do get tall and somewhat ragged in the summer months after blooming.
If you're bored with the traditional yellow blooms, don't be afraid to expand your horizons! With the thousand of colors and sizes of daylilies in production, I'm sure there is one to fit every need and taste. I'll leave you with a few samples of my newest favorites. Get out there and try one!