80 Tash Road
New Durham, NH, 03855
The Merrymeeting Daylilies collection began with two gift classic daylilies (about 40 years ago) and has grown into the current collection, mostly "the best of the best" added from other New England and Florida collections.
All daylilies sold by Merrymeeting Daylilies have grown in the collection for at least two years in our Zone 4 conditions, many for more than 20 years. Cultivars which demonstrated poor growth or insufficient blossoming potential for our rugged New Hampshire weather quickly found a new home in our compost heap.
While we retain and proudly grow a selection of early hybrids and some "species" daylilies, we also include many fine recent cultivars from the gardens of Stamile, Reilly, Trimmer, and others from Florida. Our collection also includes exceptional hybrids from several hybridizers working in the northern US.
A man (Les Turner) "out standing" in his field...
We also continue to raise and sell a few Les Turner unregistered hybrids, included in the Merrymeeting daylily collection with the prefix "Merrymeeting".
Les Turner is a retired college dean. Sales from his daylily collection help to support his hobby of finding the newest and best daylilies. He likes to grow them for a few years and, IF they pass his requirements for hardiness and beauty, he enjoys sharing them with other gardeners. He believes that such terrific plants should be in gardens everywhere. Educating new gardeners, and exposing them to the amazing variety found in daylilies also makes it all worthwhile. So many people new to the hobby do not realize that daylilies come in so many forms and colors.
Hours of Operation
From July 1 to September 1
Thursday thru Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Other hours by arrangement or chance....
If you are coming from a distance, please call first to be sure we are open. Our hours vary sometimes, depending on the weather and other commitments.
Our Prices for Most of our plants are as follows...but some varieties WILL VARY based on rarity and availability.
Digging and dividing can sometimes be accomplished for immediate sale. But variables such as size of order, available help, and temperature, may require ordering and later pickup.
Potted/rooted/garden-ready daylily (in-stock varieties) $20.00
Standard dug 2-3 fan division- $15.00
Small clump-4-8 fans $25 Large clump-8-12 fans $35
Orders of 3 plants or more will earn a bonus of your choice of an in-ground daylily clump. (As long as these are available)
Les at the Alton Home Show, 2019
MERRYMEETING DAYLILIES OMG FLOWERING BONUS PLANTS PROGRAM
OMG is an overused abbreviation for an even more abused expression --- Oh My God! But at Merrymeeting Daylilies it is shorthand for “Old Man's Garden Special Bonus Plants”. During a 30 year gardening experience at my home in New Durham, New Hampshire, always on the lookout for new and interesting plants, I have collected and swapped many and diverse specimens. Most have survived, sometimes too well, as in the case of some mints which tried to own my gardens, and which are not in any form welcome, not even chocolate.
Many collectibles have vanished from my gardens as a result of unsuitable (or odd) requirements. A few I rejected as undesirable because of too-short bloom periods, or untidy plant appearance, as in the case of Siberian and Japanese irises. A few have become so successful that they now own many square feet of my gardens, but are still welcome because I like them and am willing to share, as is the case of pink Lily of the Valley. A famous plant seller in Connecticut charges $15 for two pips of this plant, so at that price I am very rich indeed, but I give them away.
I have always been generous with plants that I consider good garden accents to the best sunny garden plant ever, the daylily. At this point in the evolution of my gardening life I have decided to structure the sharing of my gardening collection so that I can readily have on hand, in potted or bagged form, your choice of plants. These will be available as ready-to-go bonuses following daylily purchases. They will be IN ADDITION TO the usual daylily bonuses that accompany the purchase of multiple daylilies.
The following plants will be available at the beginning of the daylily sales season (mid-June) on a reasonable first come-first served basis. A few additions may become available later as digging and replenishment time is available.
Original old-fashioned roadside daylily
Violets-blue, white, freckles, red(actually red-purple-very limited)
Pink Lily of the Valley
Variegated Solomon Seal
Select edging hostas
Anise hyssop (great bee plant)
Deep purple Early iris
Les's hands, and adult plants of two very different varieties of hosta.