A blend of light pink, melon and gold with a full wide form and very ruffled petals; this beauty is 30″ tall. The 6” blooms have very wide round top petals and narrower lower petals which are equally ruffled. The bloom season is mid to late. I cannot find documentation, but it behaves like a dormant tetraploid.
Smokey is a poly-chrome blend of rose, pink and apricot bursting from the throat. It is ruffled and perfectly formed with more rose on the ruffled edge and seen as streaks on the petals. It is a dormant, diploid and at 18 inches, it can be placed near the front of the border. Though it is not very tall I would not call it a mini because the flower is nearly 6 inches. Another benefit is that it is an early re-bloomer so it will help fill in the lull after the irises stop blooming, and then continue into the main daylily season. It is a winner of the Lenington All American Award given to daylilies that perform well in any climate, and the good news just doesn’t stop. Smokey also won the Plouf Fragrance Award.
This compact but vigorous daylily has cute little light apricot blooms with a purple eye zone and a yellow-green throat. It is a small dormant diploid that grows to 18” with 3.5” blooms. Look closely to see the diamond dust on this early/mid-season bloomer. “Dream Baby” would make a nice shower gift…delicate and diminutive.
Rustic dream is one of those that is difficult to describe. It is sort of an orangy-rusty-rose. From the throat it starts green then blends to gold and then this “rustic” color. It is 26 inches tall with a 6.5 inch bloom that starts mid-season and then re-blooms. It is an evergreen, tetraploid with 32 buds on 3 branches. The parentage is (Wildfire Tango × Enchanted Elegance).
Pixie Parasol’ is a dainty miniature that sports masses of 2 ½” apricot flowers on semi-evergreen foliage. She re-blooms multiple times, and is ever so cute with its little green throat, and foliage that is only to 14” high. This “orange sherbet” color looks good enough to eat and you can. The substance is heavy so they are nice on the edge of a salad. This also helps them last into the night and sometimes even a second day.
Ming Snow is a poly-chromatic pink/cream/peach in color. This daylily is quite exotic and soothing. The delicate beauty is enhanced by slightly ruffled edges that are dipped in the same sunny yellow as the throat which blends down to lime green. She is a 30” dormant tetraploid that performs well producing masses of 5” flowers. Bloom starts early mid-season with reliable re-bloom.
I think Jim picked a beauty. This poly-chrome rose/pink/cream has a ruffled edge and a tangerine throat. The 34” tall scapes hold 6” flowers that start early and continue into the main bloom season. Jim is a dormant diploid that also has nice thick substance and raised cream mid-ribs.
Forty Second Street is a 5” double that will not be mistaken for anything else in your garden. The peachy cream blooms are shaped a little different each time, but always wonderfully ruffled and the contrast with the large rose eye zone and gold throat is beautiful. The plant reaches about 24” and is a mid-season re-bloomer that usually re-blooms in the late season. Though it is an evergreen diploid it has done well in our Wisconsin gardens.
This historic daylily can be difficult to find. It is an early-mid season blooming dormant diploid that grows to 30, inches with a 5 inch flower that has narrow petals. The petals are a gorgeous blended peachy-pink color with a rosy eye zone that is more blended, and not clearly defined and a gold throat. It was developed mid-century by University of Chicago botany professor Ezra Kraus. It is a vigorous plant with a heavy bud set.