May 28, 2017

Garden Titan

Hemerocallis 'Hyperion'

Janine Pineo Photo | Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’

Once upon a time, Hemerocallis didn’t get a lot of respect. And then hybridizers got wise and decided to start experimenting with the genetics of day lilies. The result today is that there are more than 60,000 registered cultivars. The large-flowered Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’, introduced in the 1920s, heralded a return to gardens of the once-dismissed day lily and is still widely available in the nursery trade. This magnificent specimen, whose name came from a Titan from Greek mythology who was the father of Helios, has flowers rising at least 3 feet into the air on naked stems, glowing in a sunny yellow. It is a powerful bloomer, flowering day after day for two or three weeks in midsummer.