I have a few orders in, (for myself) with some of the top U.S. breeders of daylilies. These very new varieties are only available in limited numbers, as they are reproduced only by dividing the original clump. Consequently, they are very expensive ! I use the analogy of comparing a cutting edge new variety to buying a pair of shoes or a dinner out. This makes the daylily seem to be excellent value ! Look at these incredible new hybrids and maybe think about ordering directly from these hybridizers :
From Frank Smith daylilies in Florida (www.franksmithdaylilies.com) there are few you wouldn’t want ! Here’s ‘Keep On Lookin’ , new for 2010 . Another of my favourite sources is Le Petit Jardin, also in Florida. Here, Ted Petit has been breeding fabulous new varieties that do well in most parts of Canada. www.lepetitjardin.com .
I have been importing plants from Ted for about 10 years and am particularly fond of his ’rounded petals’ look he achieves with his breeding. All of my daylilies, from anyone, go dormant in our climate. I ignore the term ‘evergreen’…… but, if I lived somewhere colder than Vancouver I would worry about hardiness. ‘Evergreen’ varieties would need lots of mulching i suspect, in very cold areas. I do think most of them would pull through, though.
Here are ‘Sisters of Mercy’ and ‘Carved Complexity’ , two new ones for 2010 from Le Petit Jardin