There are more daylilies than anyone can count, which sometimes makes it difficult to decide which to plant in your garden, especially if you can’t see them in bloom. If, like me, you consider pleasing fragrance a plus in any plant, you might want to consult this list when deciding on daylilies for your garden. I already own ‘Bonanza’ and ‘Butterpat’ but had never stuck my nose in to sniff. They both have a slight fragrance if you really get your nose in there–‘Butterpat’ moreso than ‘Bonanza’–but neither can hold a candle to ‘Hyperion,’ my all-time favorite for fragrance. That tells me to narrow it down even further to the ones described as very fragrant. There are fragrant cultivars in every color and height, but I find the yellow ones (not gold) are more often fragrant than other colors. Probably the ancestral species that provides the yellow color is fragrant as well.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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