Them be the rules. Read them ! You can’t do that ! Well I don’t know exactly where they are published, though they evidently exist in some minds. Depending on your point of view that may or may not be a good thing.
Of course over the last few years I have observed that daylilies do not feel compelled to follow the rules. Oops, did I forget to tell you to sit down first ? Yes some do occasionally follow some rules. Most likely only to give those who read the rules a false sense of confidence.
I have found it is much more interesting to mix things up a bit and see just what the daylilies will reveal. Like mixing a very short yellow pink blend like Little Rainbow with a very tall lavender like Cerulean Star. The surprise is pictured below. It is just as tall as Cerulean Star and so much more purple.
Or a very old and tall plant with a little yellow four inch bloom like Autumn Minaret and cross it with a modern mid height 8 inch bloom plant like Desert Icicle. The seedling these two made is a bright yellow, brighter than either parent and tall like Autumn Minaret. The bloom is somewhere between the size of both parents.
Or lastly another throw back cross of Blast From the Past x another oldie Blue Lustre. Blast From the Past is a plant recently created – but with roots that go back to 1949. It is a child of Challenger. Blue Lustre is a bit newer, from 1980. The mix is tall, about 6 feet tall, and yellow in color crossed with mid height and purple. The child of this mix is pictured below.
I am not sure that I have learned too much beyond what the safe crosses following the rules would reveal. At least nothing that was predicted by the rules. The one thing I am sure of is the results are just as exciting. Perhaps and possibly even more exciting. Please remain seated until the ride comes to a full and complete stop. Or just jump up and down with random ‘yee haaa’ if you see something you really like. Discover new rules. It can be fun.