A Visit to a Daylily Garden

Today my Rector, my wife and I visited the Billinda Daylily Garden in the Charlotte suburbs. The garden developed by Bill and Linda Gluck is an official American Hemerocallis Society display garden, in which there are over 650 daylily cultivars on display in smartly laid out beds, with well placed labels for each daylily clump.

DSCN1683This was at least my tenth visit to their annual  Open House, and I look forward each year to see the number and beauty of the daylilies they have included in their collection. Bill is an active hybridizer and has received numerous awards for his named hybrids, many of which are displayed in the garden and were for sale. Included in the garden are a “collection of all the Stout Medal award winners, all the Ida Munson award winning doubles, and a complete collection of the Stamile Candies.  There are three garden sections designated to 103 doubles, a special area for spiders, and a miniature garden of 36 cultivars, plus 12 other display gardens.”




One could easily fill up a garden with so many of these beauties, and my resistance to temptation when it comes to beautiful things (grandbabies, great jazz recordings, and flowers among others) could indeed be stronger. But my wife was with me; she suggested a bit of restraint (and also the winning point: Where are you going to plant them?”). Unprepared to answer that last question, I left the garden empty handed. My friend the Rector Gardener left with seven beauties to plant. Perhaps I can persuade him to divide and share in a few years.

Following is a sampler of just a few of the daylilies that caught my eye. 

Carol Todd   All American Chief

‘Carol Todd’ and ‘All American Chief’

Jeanne Fitton  Night Wings

‘Jeanne Fitton’ and ‘Night Wings’

No Strings Attached  Spanish Matador

‘No Strings Attached’ and ‘Spanish Matador’

Red Hot Wings  Becky Lynn

‘Red Hot Wings’ and ‘Becky Lynn’

And these do not even include the doubles section of the garden. Next year I will still take my wife with me to the Open House, but this time I will be prepared with a note of specific spots in my garden that need some ‘Red Hot Wings.’




About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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2 Responses to A Visit to a Daylily Garden

  1. Red Hot Wings is my favorite, how could it be otherwise given I grew up near Buffalo? I love your passion for gardens, it dovetails with mine nicely. I’m happy to read more posts. Thanks for contributing your poem on my friendlyfairytales site. Cheers, Brenda


  2. Christina says:

    I think you showed great restraint, I am a newish convert to Hemerocallis and like all converts I have become quite passionate about them. They do well in my garden so it is a passion I canallow myself to some extent.


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