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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Hemerocallis ‘Vanilla Fluff’: New double daylily

Posted by Graham Rice on 17 Jan 2011 at 02:08 PM

Hemerocallis,vanilla,fluff,double,daylily. Image ©Hayloft PlantsAfter many years in the doldrums here in Britain, daylilies (Hemerocallis) are enjoying a revival. Varieties raised here and in Europe were grown in the 1950s and 1960s, but in America they’ve long been the most popular perennials of all. Unfortunately, the failure of many US varieties to perform in our climate led to gardeners turning to other summer perennials.

Now, two things have changed. Hour hotter summers have proved more suitable for many American varieties and, as well, American daylilies that will do well in our climate are being more carefully selected. One that is well worth looking out for is ‘Vanilla Fluff’, recently introduced here.

Raised by top breeder Enman R. Joiner and introduced in the USA as long ago as 1988, ‘Vanilla Fluff’ is a large flowered double variety. Carried on stems about 75-85cm/30-34in tall, each bloom is about 15cm/6in across and a lovely pale cream in colour with apricot overtones, and sometimes richer cream tones, and slightly darker streaking. Six broad outer petals set off the additional shorter petals in the centre of each flower.

Winner of three awards in the USA, ‘Vanilla Fluff’ has proven one of  the best double flowered daylilies for British conditions, never seems to revert to single flowers and keeps on blooming until well into the autumn.

During the coming year I’ll be keeping a special eye out for more newly introduced daylilies that will do well in our British climate. In the meanytime, take a look at Hemerocallis 'Black Stockings' that I wote up back in November last year.

Hemerocallis ‘Vanilla Fluff’ is available from John Bowers Daylilies and from Hayloft Plants.

* I apologise for the break in the regularity of postings to this New Plants blog, I’ve been laid low with an especially nasty dose of flu.

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