The website has been updated for 2020, and we are now taking orders for 2020. Please read below the changes for this year.
One big change for 2020 and future years is NO SPRING SHIPPING. Shipping and in-the-garden sales will begin August 31 and go into October. It is only the two of us, and we are not getting any younger. Spring is the busiest time of the year getting our 3.33 acre garden ready. Previously, what did not get done by mid April when shipping had begun went undone until late fall or the next year. We realize that we will lose some customers who only plant in the spring. We appreciate all the business we have received since we began selling less than ten years ago. Daylily folks are the best!
We will once again have a SUMMER DOWNSIZING SALE which will be posted on this website in early July with shipping beginning August 31.
Be sure to click on the daylily picture or name to see multiple garden pictures for many of the daylilies.
We are once again participating in the American Daylily Society Voucher Program in 2020.
Shady Rest Gardens is an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden since 2009 on 3 1/3 acres north of Cartersville, Georgia (Bartow County). It is located in Northwest Georgia about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta and only about 2 miles west of Interstate 75. We grow about 1500 registered daylily cultivars and hundreds of our seedlings along with a wide variety of other perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees for color and diversity. Our peak daylily bloom is usually mid June, but we have many blooms into early July and even later. Many of our daylilies are grown in raised beds that contain pine bark fines and composted horse manure. We fertilize with a fertilizer with a 3:1:2 ratio, Milorganite, alfalfa pellets, and epsom salt. We had a well put in 8 1/2 years ago solely for the purpose of watering our daylilies. Daylilies DO love water! We are fortunate to live in a part of the country where we can grow most evergreens, semi evergreens, and dormants.
We are a licensed garden by the State of Georgia. We have a spray program for insects and rust. We do receive new daylilies each spring from rust prone areas. Invariably, we then find some rust on a few of these new daylilies. We immediately trim the foliage to just above the crown and treat the affected daylilies and those growing around the affected plants. This procedure has been successful for us along with our spray program to keep rust from spreading in the garden. We will not ship any daylilies with visible rust. We do not like to receive daylilies with rust and will never knowingly ship any with rust to a customer. Our winters are cold enough that rust does not overwinter here. If rust is an issue for you, please do not order. At this time we do not ship to California or outside the continental United States.
Our garden was on the 2015 National Convention tour in the Atlanta, GA area. We thank all who attended the National and our garden. So many were very complimentary of our garden. We appreciate your kind words. In preparation for the 2015 National, we moved all of our Ned Roberts' introductions to one area. We now have over 100 of his introductions which have clumped nicely and will need dividing in the near future. We relocated our Wizard Of Oz bed several years ago, and those daylilies have gone crazy. We will be adding additional Oz daylilies as well as more Oz memorabilia. Tim Herrington's MAYOR OF MUNCHKINLAND stole the show during the National!
We started downsizing several years ago and have decreased our daylily numbers by over one thousand daylilies. Now we mostly only add daylilies that we will use for hybridizing. We plan to continue to downsize but at a slower pace.
From time to time we are asked about the availability of DISPLAY daylilies. These may be daylilies that we have recently added and want to increase before offering for sale. They may also be daylilies that are being used for hybridizing or just ones that we really like and want to keep for now. Many of our diploid miniatures and Tim Herrington introductions are not available, as David uses these daylilies for hybridizing.
We try to check our email daily and respond ASAP. During the busy spring and summer seasons, we may miss a day checking. The best time to reach us by phone is before 8:30 a.m. and after 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer months. We spend as much time as possible working in the garden during these busy months.
Shipping will resume August 31 for northern gardens first and conclude mid October to southern gardens.
David has made a few YouTube video tours of the garden that may be viewed from this link: