Daylilies: home garden of so many colors | Volunteer Gardener

– Middle of June is daylily
central in Tennessee, and today we’re at a
gorgeous daylily garden where we’re gonna look
at different forms, and colors, and varieties, and show you what
you can have too. This is the garden of John
Douglass and Leslie Matthews. And this is John. Who is going to-
– Hello. – Share with us all about your daylilies, and
lets just start right in. Tell me about this one. – This is Strawberry Candy,
and it is a smaller bloom. It’s a four inch bloom,
and as you can see, it has a beautiful
band around the petals. These are the sepals, And the sepals don’t
have any coloration on it so that makes it a band. – Rather than an eye-zone. – Yes.
– Yes. – Isn’t that gorgeous? I have this daylily myself
and in my experience, it re-blooms. – Yeah, but Imperial
Dragon, as you can see has the coloration
on petals, sepals, so that is an eye band. – [Marty] Oh, isn’t
that gorgeous? That is a big eye-zone
and I love that limey yellow heart in that. – [John] Yeah, the
throat is a limey yellow. And one of the things
about daylilies, is there are so many
different kinds. There’s something like eighty
thousand different ones. – [Marty] Oh my gosh. – [John] Here we
have a bi-color. – [Marty] You can see that. – [John] The sepals are
yellow and then the petals are the colors as you
see, more of a violet, that’s called Chloe.
– [Marty] That is just gorgeous, Chloe. – [John] So Chloe
is in our garden. We have lots of
one, fun daylilies. This is called
‘Peppermint Stripe’. – [Marty] That’s a
great name for that. Another thing I’m
noticing, John, is that you’ve got big tall
ones and little short ones. Obviously there’s
a lot of different height variation
in these plants. – [John] A lot of height. Behind us, over here by
this tower, is a Mico. – [Marty] Wow, talk about tall. – [John] Mico is
a big, tall bloom. The scapes are tall and the
blooms are just spectacular. – [Marty] Now would you say
we’re in the mid-season part? – [John] Yes – [Marty] This is the
middle of June, okay. – We’ve had a lot of
daylilies that have already bloomed and
those are the early ones. We still have some, as you see, in the back part of
the garden there, the scapes and the buds
and they haven’t bloomed. They’re a later daylily. – [Marty] Oh my gosh, look at
the different crusting edges on this that are
a different color. – [John] Yes, Spring
Garden Greetings. And as you can see we
have names we put on each one of ours,
because, so we name them because we can’t, we
got too many to remember what they are otherwise. – [Marty] You are a smart man. I couldn’t remember. I was so impressed with
how you were rattling all those names off. – [John] Leslie’s the one who
makes all these name tags. – That is, it’s just so
very, very beautiful. Now do you deadhead every day? – Every morning.
– Every morning. You come out and- – We come out and right
now we’re in full, we had two big five
gallon buckets full of deadheads this morning. So this is the time of year. – I love this
soft, almost white, just beautiful. – [John] I think that’s
Jolly White Giant. – [Marty] Well it’s well-named. It’s a huge flower. Really, really beautiful. And here’s obviously, this
looks like the first flower coming open on this one. – [John] That’s-
– Look at all the buds. – [John] That’s Minnie Pearl. – [Marty] Minnie Pearl. You know what, I
should have known. Minnie Pearl has this
interesting shiny foliage which a lot of them don’t have. That’s a re-bloomer
also, I do know. – [John] But you
know, it’s just, somebody asked me one day
what is our favorite daylily, and I said, if you can tell
me your favorite grandchild, I’ll tell you my
favorite daylily, because they are all beautiful. – [Marty] I hear you.
– [John] We love them all. – [Marty] I hear you. Wow, now tell me about this
tape that’s around here. – The tape is one of the
things that Leslie has found. It’s called Deer Stopper. And it has a dual purpose, it
has impregnated in the tape a repellent for deer and
then we spray it also with a Deer Stopper spray,
– [Marty] I see. – [John] It’s a dual action
and it stops the young deer as well as the older
deer, so far this year. – [Marty] That’s great. Because I know deer will eat
the buds off of daylilies like candy. – [John] It’s like candy. – [Marty] This is-
– [John] Great Mercies. – [Marty] Great Mercies. – [John] It’s the bud count. One of the things
you want to see when you’re looking
at a daylily, is this, not only
the size and scapes, but the branching and
the number of bud counts on each one. As you can see, the
branching on these daylilies- – [Marty] Yeah, that’s amazing. – [John] And the scapes are just-
– [Marty] Massive. – [John] Massive. Big thick scapes. – [Marty] Yeah, it’s
not going to flop, even in a heavy rainstorm,
it’s not going to flop. This is a gorgeous
one, look at this. – It’s called Stolen Treasure. – Oh, that is so beautiful. That just looks like a
magazine shot, right there. How gorgeous is that? Now I’m struck by the different
flower forms here also. We’ve been looking at
these little round ones and now there’s this big open- – [John] This big spider,
it’s called Ruby Red Spider. – [Marty] And
spider is the name- – [John] Or Ruby Spider. – [Marty] This form, flower
form, is called spider, correct?
– [John] Yes. And it’s a nine inch
bloom and you remember a while ago we were down
there with Strawberry Candy, and it’s only a four inch bloom. – [Marty] Yeah, look
at the difference. – [John] They vary accordingly
as to how they were hybridized and it’s just,
we’re very fortunate to have Ruby in our yard. – It is gorgeous. And I wanted to look at
this little interesting one back here with this lighter
mark around the throat. – [John] That’s called
what, Spartacus Adorned. – [Marty] Spartacus Adorned. – [John] And that lighter
color is a watermark. – [Marty] They call
that a watermark. Well that’s a good name for it. What a gorgeous thing. – [John] And I like
the white bordering around the petals and sepals. It’s fun to get up every
morning and come out and see what’s opened up another day. – How long would you
say with your plantings, how long a season of
bloom do you have? Excluding re-bloom, I mean,
just earlies to lates. – Well we have now,
like we said earlier, we have both early,
mid-seasoned, late seasoned. So they’ll start in
the middle, end of May and they go all the
way through August. – [Marty] Wow, that’s
all summer just about. – [John] Yeah, but not
always the same daylilies. – That is terrific. Well I just love
the different hues. There’s a soft lavender pink and these gorgeous melon colors. Oh, and these
deep, vibrant reds. – Now you get up here and these, we have just pulled,
broken off many, many, many blooms of this. – What a gorgeous flower. – It’s called Troll
Under the Bridge. (laughing loudly) – [Marty] What a great name. – [John] Oh, I just
wonder how these people come up with these names. – [Marty] Well,
they must have fun. – [John] They have
to have fun doing it. – [Marty] And the form
on this is different even from the spider. It’s like longer petals. – [John] This is
an unusual form. These are dancing with- – [Marty] That’s the official
name of this kind of flower. – [John] Unusual form. If you put it in a show, you’d
list is as an unusual form. – [Marty] I see. – [John] It’s Dances
with Giraffes. – [Marty] Another great name. – [John] Now, yes it is
one of our favorite ones, but like I say, they all are. – [Marty] Man, it
just looks so exotic. – [John] It does. – [Marty] And then
there’s this other one which is a color
just I have not seen. Look at that. – [John] It’s called Grey Witch. – [Marty] Well named. – [John] And it has lots of
different colorations in it. – [Marty] It sure does. It’s got pink and maroon- – [John] It has the eye-zone. – [Marty] Lime. – [John] That goes through
the petals and the sepals. – [Marty] And then
this gray rose, it’s a dusty, very dusty. Wow, that is truly spectacular. What a wonderful thing. So pick your varieties, water,
sun, give them some water. – We have had plenty
of it this spring. We have had lots of rain. That’s why the daylilies
have looked so pretty all over town. – Do you feed them much? – I’d like to start in the
spring, by the first of March and I use some 10-10-10, that’s a good general
fertilizer, it’s a granular. And I just put that out
where the daylilies are. For the most part, they really
don’t need any fertilizer, because they are
very self-sustaining. – [Marty] These are relatively
undemanding plants, really, for all the beauty you get. – [John] This is true, except
if you’re going to get up in the morning at five
o’clock and come out here by 5:30 and start deadheading. Then, it does take time. But any garden you have,
it’s going to take some time. And you have to be willing
to put time into it, otherwise, what do
you have left over? – [Marty] John, look at
this gorgeous double. We haven’t seen doubles before. – [John] No, this is
actually a Truffle. It’s called
Cosmopolitan Truffle. – [Marty] Gorgeous. – [John] The hybridizers,
David Kirchhoff up in Kentucky. From this one we go over
to the Double Firecracker. – [Marty] Oh the red one, yeah. – [John] And that’s
called a double. – [Marty] Oh I see. – [John] First the
Double and then Truffles. – [Marty] If it says
truffle, it’s a Kirchhoff. – [John] Yeah. – [Marty] Well listen, I just
want to thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous
daylily beds with us. This is just spectacular. – That’s half the
fun of gardening. You’ve got to share
it with people. – That’s true. That is true. – And I appreciate
you guys coming out and wanting to share
it with your audience. – Oh, I’m sure everyone
is just going to- – We love Volunteer Gardener. – [Marty] Oh well, we love you. – [John] Thank you. It’s a great joy. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] For
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4 thoughts on “Daylilies: home garden of so many colors | Volunteer Gardener

  1. My garden has a lot of nitrogen so I got a really tall strong plant with leaves. A garden with high nitrogen makes lovely roses but not lilies.

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