THREE MONTHS of Almost Continuous Bloom – Amazing!
• Blooms Almost Continuously the Entire Summer and Even into Fall!
• 4 inch Flowers in Hard-To-Find Cool Tones
• Extremely Easy to Grow!
• Bred by World-Renowned Daylily Breeder, Dr. Darrel Apps
3 MONTHS of Bloom – a Far Cry from the 3 Weeks Daylilies Used to Bloom!
It’s taken a lifetime, but Dr. Darrel Apps has succeeded in breeding Daylilies that are heads above the rest for repeat blooming, beautiful, lush foliage and most recently, for smaller, more compact plants. Stephanie Returns is one of his best, with its constant repeat bloom from early summer until fall begins, and even later if you live in the South where the growing season lasts longer.
Blooms in These Cool Lilac Tones are the Dream of Daylily Aficionados!
The one color lacking in Daylilies is blue, so varieties like Stephanie Returns that have cool lilac and purple tones really get Daylily lovers salivating! The peachy pink petals are ruffled and broad, but what makes the blooms special is the band of cool plum purple on each petal, set off by the yellow-green throat. Then, there are the rich lilac blue sepals (the three smaller, recurved petals) topping it all off. And these blooms are a generous 4 inches across, quite large for a plant less than 2 feet tall. Just plain pretty!
Not Just the Blooms, But the Plant, too –
This wealth of blooms tops healthy green foliage that does not brown out and get straggly as is common in Daylilies, and it is quite compact, so it can be grown in a container or tucked into most any sunny nook in the garden. In case you’re interested, ‘Stephanie’ refers to Dr. Apps friend and perennial expert, Stephanie Cohen, and ‘Returns’ is a tip of the hat to the prodigious repeating of the blooms.
Tough as Nails, and So Easy to Grow!
The delicate beauty of the blooms belies the sturdy constitution of the plant! Not only is it impervious to summer’s worst heat and winter’s worst cold, it also takes drought and humidity in stride and can survive harsh conditions like polluted city environments and positions near roads salted in winter; they will even grow in that most difficult of places, under Walnut trees!
Plant in full sun to dappled shade. It will grow in most any soil and takes drought well, but will grow most lushly given water during dry spells and soil with plenty of compost or humus added at planting. But, basically, all you have to do is sit back and let the plant do its thing!