Here is one of my blooming superstars, 'Custard Candy.' This daylily is hardy, prolific and reliable. I love the delicate yellow–gold edge around all of the petals. This plant earns its garden space and then some. It's a perfect daylily to grow at the front of your border. Hybridized by Patrick Stamile, this award–winning dormant tetraploid was registered in 1989.
Custard Candy grows 24 inches tall and has flowers that are 4.25 inches in size. Bloom time is early midseason in my garden, from June 22 to August 1. This daylily is one of my all-time keepers.
My experience with Dormant, Semi–Evergreen and Evergreen daylilies in Zone 4
Although I grow all three foliage types of daylilies, my western Wisconsin garden is predominantly filled with dormants. Over the years the dormants have thrived the best in our northern climate. Nothing seems to faze them…even a polar vortex. I grow many semi-evergreens that do very well, but I have had much more difficulty growing evergreens. Of the daylilies I would lose each winter, most would be evergreens. So obviously, I am much more cautious when it comes to growing evergreens. With a little extra TLC, like protection by the house or a location by a warm sidewalk or rock border, my six evergreens grow wonderfully and I have had them for many years –– they include J.T. Davis, Joan Senior, Lotus Position, Mister Lucky, Wings of Chance, and Waxed Legs.
Foliage habit definitions from the American Daylily Society:
Pictured is the dormant daylily Dean Corey
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