"Daylilies on Ice" is the one stop web page for locating daylily hybridizers in cold winter hardiness zones 3, 4 and 5.
Gardens - Minnesota, USA. Our goal is to produce
cutting edge, distinctive, northern hardy daylilies which perform well in
the garden and have beautiful, clear (or even unusual) color or interesting
Farm Daylilies - Ontario, Canada.
Some of the
goals we have at Culver Farm are hybridizing daylilies that are hardy, vigorous
and healthy plants for our northern climate. We try to pick out of our hybridizing
program daylily flowers that have good clear colour. All the daylilies are
grown in field conditions without the aid of any artificial benefits to
enhance daylily growth. The freeze thaw cycles we received during most of
our winters weed out the weak and unsuitable daylilies for our climate.
Daylilies that will flourish under ordinary garden conditions are a major
goal for me.
Farms - Wisconsin, USA. The Bremer's Solaris
Farms specializes in far northern hardy daylilies and hybridize for this
much needed plant characteristic. Our mission in hybridizing is...better
plant, better scapes and better flowers in that order! Solaris Farms is located
in an area of harsh winter climate that experiences greater than normal
freeze-thaw cycles, icing and exposure. With these factors in mind, Solaris
Farms is working on programs involving clear vibrant colors, unusual forms
and ruffling of reds. Both diploid and tetraploid daylily lines are
worked with. Great garden daylilies must not only survive, but produce.
Hill Country Garden -
Maine, USA. My journey into the world of Daylilies began about 15
years ago. As this passion for the flower we all share grew I found the
most satisfaction in growing daylilies came from hybridizing my own seeds,
nurturing them through maturity, and judging their potentials.I work with
both diploid and tetraploid flowers. My hybridizing goals are for hardiness,
large flowers that are early morning openers (EMOs) and flowers that open
flat after cold nights. I want my introductions to have it all - a pretty
face and a solid cold hardiness along with quality plant habits. Ten years
after raising my first daylily seeds I'm starting to see some good results.
In 2004 I registered my first three daylilies one unusual form and two large
Gardens - Wisconsin,
USA. We are a licensed nursery located in northeast Wisconsin in a
zone 4 climate and specialize in hardy northern daylilies. Our daylilies
have to survive cold winters often with little snow. We also have cold spring
weather, late frosts and cool summer nights. In our hybridizing program,
the most important characteristics to us are consistent opening, hardiness,
great garden performance (lots of flowers, well budded and branched scapes),
and a high percentage of perfect flowers. Our
weather challenges daylilies to perform well throughout the bloom season.
Scotia Daylilies - Nova
Scotia, Canada. I have been collecting and growing daylilies for the past
eight years. It is an ongoing experience to try new daylilies
to see which ones will perform the best. I have found that most of
them will survive in my zone 5 garden. However, surviving and
performing well are miles apart in the enjoyment of the plant. Fortunately,
there are some dedicated Northern hybridizers whose priorities are daylilies
that not only have beautiful flowers, but have a plant underneath the flower
that will grow well and look good before, during, and even after bloom season.
These are the types of daylilies I hope to grow more of in my garden.
Country Daylilies - New York, USA.
Twelve years ago we moved to upstate NY from Long Island, and shifted from
a zone 6/7 climate to a solid zone 4. I quickly found that many daylilies
that fared well in my old garden, performed very poorly at the farm. I
hybridize tetraploids, so went back to some of the older well-branched dormants
from hybridizers such as Don Stevens, Steve Moldovan, and Virginia Peck
for my initial base. Since then I've integrated some hardy southern
stock into my lines, and now have a stable of daylilies that thrive, not
just survive, in zone 4. I want to be known for daylilies that
are an asset to the garden, regardless of snow cover or cold, and that have
sufficient bud count and branching to provide a long bloom period.
Daylilies - Ontario, Canada. I
have been seriously growing daylilies since 2000 and have been hybridizing
from the beginning. A primary focus in my program is to develop a
spotted daylily. There are a number of speckled cultivars currently
available but none with distinct spots. Another aim is to explore
the genetic potential of some of the newer and last cultivars introduced
by the late Brother Charles Reckamp. Northern hybridizers like Culver,
Mason, Schaben and others are well represented in my garden.This
is not a commercial garden as I have yet to develop a plant I consider worthy
of registering however I do sell seeds and some of my plant increase on
the Daylily Auction and privately.
Lane Gardens -
Prince Edward Island, Canada - Zone 5. I have been growing Daylilies
for about 25 years and hybridizing for about 8. My early goals
were focused on small flowered diploids on taller plants, but that has
expanded to include Unusual Forms as well as tetraploids. Height
(6' plus) is still a major goal, but whatever the category, the plant
itself must come first...its vigor, hardiness and foliage. As
well, they must live up to the Daylily's perfect perennial status and
have good branching, bud count and scape production. 2005 will
see the first introductions registered and the first crop of F2 seedlings
will be blooming for their 3rd year.
Lights Daylilies - Minnesota, USA - Zone 4.
I have been hybridizing for a while but a few years ago I began a program
to bring more of the best blood from all over the country and combine
it with my own lines. My breeding goal is to produce very moden flowers
on plants that are hardy, well branched and well budded. I especially
like taller very round and ruffled flowers as well as doubles. I also
focus on flowers that are capable of instant rebloom even in my zone
4 garden. The gardens are located on a hillside and have rich loam soil
with a relatively high pH. I fertilize my plants and water them by hand
as needed. The seedlings are not sprayed so as to be able to evaluate
them for disease and insect resistance. I hope you enjoy my flowers!
Massachusetts, USA - Zone 5. I
became established as a selling garden and an AHS Display Garden in 1995, and by 1996
was hybridizing for tetraploid Unusual Forms that are northern hardy and
survive in a climate that has killed many perennials and shrubs normally hardy
to Zone 5. My hybridizing efforts have also led me to
create very large 6Ĺ to 9 inch flowers that do not fall into the criteria of
a UFo, but are just beautiful and eye catching and tall. See my
web site for introductions since 2007, and then look into the Futures
of what is to come.
"Daylilies on Ice" showcases hybridizers breeding daylilies in USDA Hardiness Zones 3, 4 and 5. These zones experience low winter minimum temperatures of -20F/-28.9C (Zone 5) or even colder. To find specialist daylily nurseries and display gardens to visit in cold winter areas but whose primary aim is not specifically hybridizing, visit:
Where to Buy Daylilies - The American Hemerocallis Society
Daylily Display Gardens - The American Hemerocallis Society