The American Hemerocallis Society, an international daylily society, announced its picks for the most dashing daylilies of the bunch.
Judges throughout North America have selected the winners of various awards given out by the American Hemerocallis Society. In determining the winners, judges evaluated the complete plant, including performance, vigor and distinction as well as beauty. Last week, they announced the following winners:
Lavender Blue Baby’ received the highest honor, the Stout Silver Medal as well as the Don C. Stevens Award. Jack Carpenter of Center, Texas, introduced the daylily in 1996. It is registered as a 5½-inch lavender-blue flower with a lavender-blue eyezone and green throat.
‘Bela Lugosi’ received the Lenington All-American award. This award is voted on by the AHS Board of Directors and given to a daylily that has been registered for at least 10 years and performs outstandingly throughout most regions of the country. The mid-season bloomer with 6-inch deep-purple flowers was hybridized by Curt Hanson of Gates Mills, Ohio, and registered in 1995.
‘Her Best Bloomers’ won the Annie T. Giles Award for best small flowering daylily. It is a 4-inch fuchsia-red flower with red eye that was hybridized by Don Herr of Lancaser, Pa.
‘Iddy Biddy Gal’ won the Donn Fischer Memorial Award for best miniature flowering daylily (under 3 inches). It’s a 2½-inch coral/pink-blend flower with a lighter edge. The hybridizer is Grace Stamile of Enterprise, Fla.
Jerry Pate Williams’ won the Early Season Bloom Award. The 5½-inch double flower with intense melon coloring and a pink overlay was hybridized by David Kirchhoff of Lawrenceburg, Ky.
‘Yabba Dabba Doo’ received the Eugene S. Foster Award for best late-booming daylily. It is a 10-inch medium purple spider with large chartreuse throat. The hybridizer is the late Ra Hansen, formerly of Geneva, Fla.
‘Darla Anita’ won the Extra Large Diameter award. The 7-inch lavender blend with a gold edge was hybridized by John Kinnebrew Jr. of Scottsmoor, Fla.
‘Long Tally Sally’ received the Harris Olson Spider Award. It is a 14-inch red spider daylily with yellow throat. It was hybridized by Dan Trimmer of Enterprise, Fla.
‘Night Embers’ won the Ida Munson Award for best double-flowered daylily. 'Night Embers’ is a bing cherry–red double flower with a white edge. Patrick Stamile of Enterprise, Fla., is the hybridizer.
‘North Wind Dancer’ won the Lambert/Webster Award for best unusual form daylily. It is a 7½-inch pink lavender with yellow-green throat. The hybridizer is Gary Schaben of Monticello, Minn.
‘Web Of Intrigue’ received the R.W. Munson Jr. Award, given to the best distinctly patterned daylily. It is pale orange with an etched pattern of lavender and purple. Patrick Stamile of Enterprise, Fla., is the hybridizer.