Hemerocallis 'Steeple Jackie'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Virtually yet unknown, this daylily represents a totally new look for daylilies.
Taking the opposite bend from so many perennials that are bred for compactness, ‘Steeple Jackie’ was bred to make a statement in the landscape with its towering 5 foot tree-like pillar of blooms from late summer into early fall.
Trumpet-shaped, fragrant, small 2.5", light canary yellow flowers are produced in clusters of 3-4 on 7-way branched scapes carrying a whopping total of 55-100 buds apiece. The scapes rise high above the clump of slender, green leaves.
This plant is a designer’s dream, as it fills a niche in the back of the border that few other perennials can this late in the season. Be sure to try this one – it’s unlike any daylily you’ve seen!
If 5 feet is just too tall for your space, try a similar but shorter variety called ‘The Jury’s Out’.
Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees (not affected by juglone).
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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When should it bloom?:
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Daylilies are some of the easiest perennials to grow and are a good choice for any gardener, from the beginner to the professional. These are tough, adaptable plants that will grow in any soil, from normal to slightly wet to dry. Older varieties are able to bloom if planted in partial shade, but most of the newer introductions need full sun for best performance. Likewise, older varieties tend to spread more rapidly than the newer hybrids.
They can be divided every 3-4 years by digging up the entire clump and dividing it into smaller pieces with a minimum of 3 eyes each. This can be done in either spring or fall. Plants should be deadheaded for cosmetic purposes, but in most cases this will not extend the bloom time.