Hemerocallis ‘Sammy Russel’ (Russell 1951) – An old-fashioned favourite with 4″ wide blooms of a deep reddish-orange with a golden-yellow throat that extends as a contrasting mid rib on the flower petals. It blooms mid to late summer over green strap-like leaves. As the common name implies , individual flowers last just a day. Semi-evergreen. Grows 20 to 30″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Hemerocallis ‘Inwood’ (Stamile 2000) – An exotic-looking daylily with up to 6.5″ wide flowers (in midsummer) of a creamy peach with a plum purple eye and picotee on ruffled edges. It has a yellowish-green eye and repeat blooms. This cultivar is fragrant with good vigour and prefers part to full sun. Daylilies will grow under Walnut trees. Grows 24″ high by 18 to 24″ wide. Zone 3.
Hemerocallis ‘Night Embers’ (Stamile 1997) – Eye-catching fully double fragrant blooms of a deep burgundy-red lightly edged in yellow. The 5″ wide flowers begin emerging in June and ‘Night Embers’ is classified as a re-bloomer. Daylilies are long lived perennials so constant division is unnecessary, but they can be divided in early spring. Grows 24-30″ high. Hardy to zone 3.
Hemerocallis ‘Apricot Sparkles’ (Apps 2001) – This Hemerocallis is classified as an everblooming daylily, as it flowers from June right through to October. The 3 to 4″ wide blooms are a golden apricot colour with ruffled edges and a silvery overlay that some describe as ‘diamond dusting’. This cultivar is great in containers and goes dormant in winter. Grows 18″ high by 24″. Zone 3.
Hemerocallis fulva – This invasive species from China and Japan really has no place in most urban gardens, and is most commonly found happily growing around long-abandoned farms. That said, its bold growth habit and tall slightly arching scapes of reddish-orange blooms work well in contained boulevard plantings or even in solitary large-scale plantings. Grows 3-4′ high. Zone 4.