Question: My orange daylilies are tall and gangly. I want something more refined. What would you suggest?
Answer: If you’re growing the old-fashioned tawny daylily with its spindly stems and trumpet-shaped orange flowers, you’re in for some pleasant surprises. Over the past several decades, industrious hybridizers have brought us literally thousands of varieties that have (1) many more flowers, (2) wider, fuller flowers, (3) almost an infinite range of colors (except blue) and (4) much more compact plants. Visit Texas daylily gardens in May and June to see what is available. There may be daylily society shows in your city, and there are fine national online and mailorder sources. You should have no trouble finding exciting daylilies for your garden.