Would any everyday gardener put up with sick looking foliage on tulips, daffodils, irises, peonies or perennials when they emerge in spring? The answer is no. Then why do we, in the AHS, subliminally agree to tolerate the goo-balls and tangled, browned ‘fans’ of Evergreen daylilies upon emergence, throughout most of the country?
When we hybridize with evergreens we get results that will not satisfy anybody who craves beauty and health as an integral part of their existence. What is ornamental gardening for if not the fulfillment of those pure aesthetic energies?  What about the serious gardener who enjoys collecting the latest varieties? It just doesn’t do the WONDERFUL GENUS of Hemerocallis justice.
What are the factors playing into this increasingly shady issue? Money is likely the biggest. Status too. They usually go together. In the 80’s and 90’s several large daylily nurseries were established in central Florida. They set up business and sold very large quantities of evergreen d…


Hedonist has lusty red blooms with lightbulb white breaks and a complementary small green throat. Sometimes the blooms are tinged with notes of cinnamon or plum, it just depends on temperature variations. Petals are roundish with a light ruffle and the sepals are flat.

This plant is seriously vigorous having large, deep green fans. Fertile both ways. Totally northern hardy as the pollen parent is a hard dormant with teal green foliage. Very good branching and bud-count.

5.5" flowers
28" scapes
Mixed Habit (in between dormant and evergreen)
Late season bloom

Velvet Manners X (red patterned seedling x Four Beasts in One)



Zyzzified continues the excitement that Four Beasts in One started. Add a ruffle and a more expanded pattern on a lighter yellow base. This photo depicts the extreme best, but I couldn't help showing it off. It more commonly looks like the photo below. Sunfast is fair with some softening on high dew point days or in heavy rain.

I think this will be a versatile breeder because of its mixed habit. The plant is strong, healthy and makes prolifs naturally. I never use bap, ever. The scapes are straight with good branching and loads of buds - nothing to complain about there.

6" flowers
31" scapes
Mixed habit
Early season bloom

Seedling x Four Beasts in One

$200 (remains very limited due to high demand)

Cherry Bliss

A big splashy pattern of deep cherry with a brushstroke of fig at the base and a vivid green throat. Though the colors do tend to fade by afternoon these large flowers are open wide early in the morning. The scent is like cherry pie baking in the oven, though I do admit to a suggestible imagination.

Cherry Bliss has huge fans and big scapes with good branching and blooms aplenty. The arching leaves cascade with unusual twists and twirls.

6" flowers
32" scapes

Seedling x Seedling (no relation to the FBIO lines)


She Sells Seashells

Patterns call to mind so many things we love to gaze at - kaleidoscopes (I won't coopt that name from Mark), butterflies, most obviously, rainbows and ancient script. But this particular daylily holds a shell-like fascination with its form, coloration and a tendency towards mother of pearl patterns. Sunfast and opens a bit slower on cool mornings.
A very hardy and vigorous blue-green dormant. Well-branched scapes explode with plentiful flowers.
5.5" flowers 28" scapes Dormant Mid season bloom with possible rebloom Seedling x Four Beasts in One



Percussive vibrations emanate from a small olive throat. The pattern is chestnut red on honey yellow, rounded petals and sepals. More sunfast than some and a lot of intricate pattern fun.

The plant is a hard dormant with tidy arching fans that emerge with clever caution. Fair branching and bud count.

5.5" flowers
30" scapes
Mid season bloom, sometimes rebloom

Seedling x Seedling (Four Beasts in One grandparent)

$200 (very limited)