Plant Patent #18,538. American Perennial Diva, Stephanie Cohen, has been given the honor of having this delightful little daylily named after her. A hardy, everblooming beauty, it's uniquely colored, boasting a bicolor blend of peachy pink, ruffled petals with a thin, purple eye, a dazzling yellow throat, and deep rose-purple sepals. It needs no maintenance to bloom almost continuously from early summer into fall.
'Stephanie's Return' is a short, sweet daylily that stands only 14-16" high, with a width of 14-16," making it a great choice for most any location. Bred by Dr. Darrel Apps.
Like all Daylilies, 'Stephanie's Return' is extremely easy to grow. Find a location with plenty of sunshine and good soil drainage, and the battle is nearly won! It slowly spreads over time, asking only to be divided every few years.
Impervious to heat, humidity, drought, cold, deer, poor soil, and most pests and diseases, Hemerocallis are among the most adaptable of all perennials. They make fine companions to Narcissus, the strap-like foliage concealing the dying Daffodil foliage, and also combine beautifully with Tall Bearded Iris, which bloom just before them, in most climates. Zones 4-8.
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.