Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Choices We Make

I have often wondered why I have chosen the color orange for several of my daylilies, but today as I was taking some photos, I realized the orange tones retain their color.  My darker colored daylilies tend to fade very quickly in the heat and sun, their mushies are anything but attractive.  I have many yellow and light colors such as pink tones and cream, all retaining their colors.

Mauna Loa Daylily

Orange is not one of my favorite colors in the garden but it looks spectacular with the blues, purples and pinks.  As I have said before my color palette has changed over the years to include just about everything.

Eileen Clymer Daylily (foreground)
Blue Paradise Phlox with Conca d'Or Orienpet Lily

This is Blue Paradise Phlox in the afternoon with Conca d'Or Orienpet Lily
It is still like magic to me how the color changes during the day, the scent is lovely and wonderful all season if deadheaded.
Lady Lucille Daylily
Blooms with and after Mauna Loa

Barbara Mitchell Daylily
This is a stunning daylily and I must move it to a place of more prominence for next year.
Chicago Rosy Daylily
Dark Ruby Daylily
I have moved this several times, looks a lot darker in the garden.
Ice Carnival Daylily
I have these at the end of my vegetable garden.  They are unusual in that their spent blooms look pretty good and are not like the mushies.
Lullaby Baby Daylily
This was a freebie a few years ago with a daylily order.
Don Stephens Daylily
Another freebie
Red Rum Daylily
This is a shorter daylily and great for the front of the border.
Chicago Apache Daylily
Chicago Apache is in the hot south side raised bed with Loraine Sunshine, and other sustainable plants.  The choices were difficult with many years of experimentation to see which plants can take the heat.
Mystery Phlox
I received this in a pot with another phlox, still going strong and the original no longer with us.
My choices in phlox have not always worked out, loved Laura but could not keep it after several tries.
Bubblegum Phlox
Bubblegum is a beautiful phlox but does not respond to deadheading like Blue Paradise.
Back South Border
The Orienpet Lilies blooms at different times, these being my last to bloom by the back gate.  They are very tall, at least eight feet and some of the blooms point downward.
Orienpet Lily Friso
Orienpet Lily Anastasia
Orienpet so tall it cannot stand even with support, very pretty but was part of a group and not named.
Kim's Knee High Pink Coneflower
Kim's Knee High Red Coneflower
I tried to order more of the pink but it was sold out a couple of years ago so I went with the red, not a big difference.  I like both!