Hemerocallis ‘Grape Velvet’ Daylily

Height: 58 cm (23 inches) Bloom: Rebloomer and heavy bloomer Bloom Time: Midseason Colour: Deep purple flowers with bright lime green throat. Grape Velvet really glows from a distance. It produces a mass of wine purple 4″ blooms set above the foliage and the leaves do look almost like purple velvet. It is both a… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Double Firecracker’ Daylily

Height: 58 cm (23 inches) Bloom: Early bloomer, blooms for extended period Colour: Burnt red double blooms with complementary gold-green centres. Double Firecracker produces very large 6″ red bronze blooms. The colour is better than Double Bronze as the colour has a deeper red bronze however the blooms often are tucked inside the foliage. It… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Double Daffy’ Daylily

Height: 71 cm (28 inches) Bloom: Midseason Colour: Gold yellow with slightly ruffled edges and red mahogany eye. Another selection I picked up from The Potting Shed in 2002. The blooms are double, very dainty but floriferous. Blooms are held very high above the foliage, something that I think makes a great daylily. Double Daffy… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Double Bronze’ Daylily

Height: 76 cm (30 inches) Bloom: Midseason Colour: Bronze with yellow throat surrounded by deeper bronze-burgundy shading A daylily with a double flower and slight ruffled edge. I picked up this daylily from The Potting Shed in 2002 and it has been a great performer. Blooms are large, appear above the foliage and it builds… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Red’ Daylily

Height: 45 – 55 cm (18-22″) Bloom: Midseason, rebloomer Colour: Orange red with yellow throat and stripe Narrow red petals with yellow eye and yellow throat. I picked this one up based on the tag picture thinking it had those deep autumn colours I like so well but the show has not yet been as… Read more »

Hemerocallis ‘Anzac’ Daylily

Height: 60-80 cm (24-36″) Bloom: Midseason bloomer Color: Deep crimson red with yellow-green throat Deep true red daylily with yellow-green throat. Blooms are about 5″. This is very bright and can be seen well from a distance. Blooms are held on scapes that are above the foliage. Very showy, provides plenty of blooms and colour… Read more »

Weigela ‘French Lace’

Height: 1.25 m (4 feet) Spread: 1.25 m (4 feet) Bloom: deep rosy red, funnel shaped Exposure: full sun Foliage: bright green with yellow edges Pluses: long bloom, foliage colour, attracts hummingbirds Weigela are an old-fashioned plant but newer varieties are showing up every year. French Lace is a tall cultivar with variegated foliage and… Read more »

Weigela ‘Midnight Wine’

Height: 30cm (1 feet) Spread: 60cm (2 feet) Bloom: deep rosy pink, funnel shaped Exposure: full sun Foliage: black purple Pluses: foliage colour Weigela ‘Midnight Wine’ (sometimes called ‘Elvera’) is a dwarf version of the popular Weigela ‘Wine & Roses’. With a height of no more than one foot, it is ideal for the front… Read more »

Spiraea japonica ‘Flaming Mound’ (Spirea)

Height: 80 cm (2-3 feet) Spread: 80 cm (2-3 feet) Bloom: medium pink in mid summer, rebloom after pruning Foliage: lime-green, more on the green side, fading to green in summer. Spring colour: Orange tips on lime-green, fall colour is red-orange. Pluses: Flower colour, spring and fall foliage Minuses: Needs to be pruned after first… Read more »

Spiraea japonica ‘Neon Flash’ (Spirea)

Height: 100 cm (3 feet) Spread: 100cm (3 feet) Bloom: deep red-pink in Jun-July then again heavy in August-September Foliage: purple-red new growth in spring fades to a nice green. Pluses: Flower colour, spring foliage Minuses: Needs to be pruned after first growth to keep tidy as foliage fades and flowerheads are an ugly showy… Read more »