June 23, 2017

‘Day Beautiful’

Hemerocallis 'August Frost'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Hemerocallis ‘August Frost’

Sometimes, commonly seen flowers sort of fade into the background. The easy-to-grow day lily can fall into that category, even though the ever-expanding list of cultivars is pushing the envelope with color combinations and flower forms that are meant to bring the garden standby into the limelight. Consider Hemerocallis ‘August Frost’ pictured above in the photograph from Mark Uchneat. The nearly white to pale yellow blossoms have a “gold wire edge” on the ruffled petals, which are recurved, forming a triangular flower shape. It’s also a late bloomer, extending the day lily season and putting on a show when many other day lilies have already peaked. Hardy to Zone 3, ‘August Frost’ grows to about 34 inches tall with a spread of 18-24 inches.

Day Lily Week fact: The name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words ἡμέρα (hēmera) “day” and καλός (kalos) “beautiful”. This name alludes to the flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours.  – From Wikipedia