When I mentioned peach daylilies in my last post, it reminded me that I had never finished posting my mugshots of the last 4 peachy daylilies in my garden. So here goes.
1. Apricot Sparkles - 12-18 inch tall scapes, 4 in flowers, very early to late season, from my local nursery, Gibson's
The buzz about this new daylily is its long blooming season - comparable to Stella d'Oro, according to the descriptions I've read. It's also similarly sized to Stella, so I think they'll make a good match. I bought this one in mid-summer, and the nursery had been keeping it in a shaded location, so I didn't see a whole lot of blooms from the baby plant last season. But I've got it planted near Stella and am looking forward to lots of pure peach blooms next year.
The sparkles in its name refer to the diamond dusting on the petals. If you look closely, you'll see the sparkles in the picture above.
2. Elizabeth Salter - 22 in tall scapes, 5.5 in flowers, mid-season, from Oakes Daylilies
This flower shows a hint of rose with the peach. I think it looks very similar to Autumn Wood (another of my peachy daylilies, described here).
I love the pretty ruffles, and it is reported to rebloom. I can't remember if it did for me or not. In short season climates like Spokane, rebloom is never guaranteed.
3. Jean Swann - 32 in tall scapes, 6 in flowers, mid-late season, from Bloomin Designs nursery
The double, pale peach flowers on this plant are lovely. Bloomin Designs' website says the flowers are ivory to yellow, but in my cool climate the color is light peach. Maybe it's ivory in areas with high nighttime temperatures. Not all of the flowers end up double, as you see below.
I have a problem with the height of this daylily - its scapes are almost 3 feet (1 meter) tall. Plants like that need plenty of room to form a proportionate clump, and they need a deep flower bed to look balanced. I don't have any deep flower beds in my front yard, and peach doesn't work with the colors schemes in my backyard. So I'm not sure quite what to do with this plant.
You can see how awkward the tall scape looks in its current position. Maybe one of my gardener friends would like this plant?
4. Spanish Glow - 26 in tall scapes, 5 in flowers, mid-late season, from Gibson's
When I bought this plant, I had no good spot for it. But it was a Designer Daylily, selected for its outstanding performance in the garden (Apricot Sparkles also made the list). So I really needed it, right? In fact, when I just went to the Designer Daylily website to add the link above, 'South Seas' caught my eye and now I'm thinking of where I could put that fabulous coral color. Maybe in the West garden with all the other vivid colors . . .
No wonder there are so many daylily collectors in the gardening world. I think I'm addicted. Anyway, here is my new stone facing again. We'll just have to wait and see how these peachy flowers look against this backdrop. I'll be sure to post pictures this summer.