Springwood Gardens is a family-owned mail order nursery which specializes in breeding fancy, northern hardy, tetraploid daylilies with great color, many of which have proven to be outstanding breeders. The eleven new introductions for 2013 brings the total number of Springwood introductions to 126. Hybridizers will find many of the plants in the 2013 collection to be of special interest. Please see the website for pictures of their offspring.
I want you to have as much information as possible about Springwood introductions. The website includes pictures of all 2003-2013 introductions (and in most cases pictures of good and bad days, plants at clump strength, scapes, and offspring). Colors are accurate, and folks who grow them say they are even prettier in person. Please donít be put off by my frank descriptions Ė these are beautiful flowers Ė but almost all plants have their flaws and I want to let you know what they are. The website also includes pictures of hundreds of seedlings in various stages of the testing process (let me know if you want parentage information on any of them), as well as the gardens at Springwood. You are welcome to use any of the photos at any time for any reason - no need to ask.
Each order is important, and I personally choose each plant to be shipped. Plants are state-inspected and rust free. Shipping is by priority mail from March 15 to June 30 (although if I have time to ship after that I will). $10 for the first plant and $2 for each additional plant. Check or money order should be made payable to Springwood Gardens. U.S shipments only. My goal is to send double fans or very large singles whenever I can, but how fast they increase is dependent on how much sun we get over the winter. In any event, I promise you will be happy with the size of your order as a whole. Please note that I usually give extra fans of what you have ordered rather than a separate gift plant.
All Springwood introductions have been grown and tested outside before selection. They are not babied or given special care. They are planted on top of a cold, windswept hill with almost no snow cover. The ground around the daylilies is covered with a couple of inches of hardwood bark for weed control. They are given an inch of water a week during the growing season and no fertilizer. During bloom season, nights are typically in the 60ís and days in the 80ís and 90ís, but in making evaluations, I watch how the flowers open when temps are in the 50ís. Introductions are lined out in the greenhouse in the summer (where they are grown in the ground in raised beds, receiving only regular fertilizer and water and sprayed for insects as needed), enabling you to receive large, high quality, blooming size plants when itís most convenient for you in the spring. I recognize that not everyone is enamored of plants grown in greenhouses, but in our climate itís the only way Iím able to ship before early June! Bloom occurs in April and May in the greenhouse, and it is likely you will receive a plant that has already scaped. Most buyers report first year bloom (and often rebloom) on the majority of the plants that I send, although not usually in sync with their peak bloom time. Northerners will find that their plants will re-establish more quickly if they request delivery after the soil has warmed up in their area and after hard frosts are expected.
Order the entire 2013 collection of 11 plants ($1100 catalogue value) for $920 plus $30 shipping. Special pricing for club orders for auctions or ďbaby-sittingĒ plants.
Springwood Gardensí introductions are guaranteed for a year in zone 4 and higher if grown in normal garden conditions (e.g. grown in the ground rather than in pots, not in standing water, watered as needed, soil not overly compacted); that bark or other mulch is put around the plants to keep the roots cool and moist (no extra winter mulching needed); and that theyíre not divided when first received or during the first year. (Note: itís best to avoid dividing or transplanting daylilies when they are stressed by high temps or drought, and northerners report better success dividing daylilies in spring or early summer, rather than in the fall.)
Peak bloom outside is usually late July to mid August; peak bloom in the greenhouse is usually mid-April to late May. The greenhouse and garden are open by appointment any time of the day to members of daylily clubs. Garden clubs, seniors groups, church groups, etc. are welcome to visit the garden by appointment (and if time, I will do a formal tour for groups of 8-10 or more).