The selection of the daylilies (Hemerocallis) was started from the wild plants in the thirties of the 20th century in the USA, where their cultivation is on a high level and the best hybridization results were achieved.
Daylilies are grown in Canada and Australia, but in less amount in Europe, although the wild plant species were already known by our grannies. In the process of hybridization the new crosses have obtained such qualities, which were not observed at the wild plants: huge (up to 20-30 cm in diameter) blossoms of various forms and color shades, pursy, cogged and bubbled with the contrasting color edges of petals, different form and color patterns on petals, blossoms with 8 petals (usually 6 petals), double and half-double blossoms, with petals in gold and diamond brilliance on edges. The blossoms display almost all colors of a rainbow, excepting blue and snow-white colors.
Hybridization and breeding with the seed method is a rather easy one, and it ф very tempting way to get something new, exciting and more beautiful.
The number of daylily sorts has exceeded several tens of thousands and each year this number is supplemented by new sorts.
I am willing to add some new ones of mine, too and how’s with you?
Each daylily blossom blooms only one day, but the next day new buds open, because there are 10-20 buds in each raceme, but in the bush- are several stems.
On a mature bush the number of the blossoms is great and it blooms 1-2 months (depending of the sort). Their blossom amount might be variable, but they always smell sweet-scented, but mainly the yellow and orange sorts.
Comparing the sorts of the period of 20 – 30 years ago and those of the recent year registration, there is a sharp difference, because many blossoms are changed in the process of hybridization, and many visitors are surprised of the amount of different daylilies, as usually they know only small yellow and brown blossoms.
Seeing the “belles” of our millennium in my Garden, nobody is apathetic!
Daylilies are the ideal flowers in the garden of an overworked man, as none of the existing winter-hardy sorts are not so modest concerning the soil, tendance, place choice and climate; they are not substantially affected by insects and endangered by illnesses.
The flowers can grow in the same place for 10-15 years, and their wide incoming in our gardens is delayed due to the shortage of information.