Michael Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds

Michael Bouman and Karen Berry   
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 284-7745
Photos at Flickr.com, user boumanm
Blog: Creating Interest


About Daylily Lay

Daylily Lay is the name of a gardening passion. It's a whimsical name, lest I take myself too seriously.  In Bob Dylan's Lay Lady, Lay there's a "big brass bed."  Here, there's a big grass bed. 

My wife Karen Berry helps with the daylilies and manages extensive plantings of many other things to attract birds, butterflies, and bees. 


View of the back yard 2013

The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who use it year-round.

View of the lake from left side 2013

 Karen and I grow 800 hybrid daylilies and hope to subtract ten percent a year over the next five years.  We want to provide the plants with plenty of space between them. Space promotes enjoyment.  Crowding promotes anxiety.  Early on summer mornings, I'm out there crossing one daylily with another in the hope of producing special new ones.

I register my best hybrids with the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS).  Plants are available only by mail via internet sales or through my donations to garden clubs.  I do not operate a nursery, and there are no direct sales.  Visitors are welcome during bloom season.  Mornings are the best time to enjoy the gardens.  Please call ahead.

I am an AHS Judge of the national awards for overall plant performance. Since 2004 I have served AHS as an instructor of new Garden Judges.

I enjoy giving talks to garden clubs anywhere in North America. 

A one-page profile of me appeared in Missouri Gardener in the July/August issue, 2017.

Ordering Information

Please contact me before sending an order, as supplies are limited.  I ship USPS Priority Mail. Postage cost is $10 plus $3 for each additional plant. 

2018 New Hybrids

A Man Called Paladin picture A Man Called Paladin (Sleepy Hollow X Dakar) Tetraploid 5.5”, 36”, Evergreen, Midseason, 4 branches, 24 buds, fertile both ways.  Highly saturated black purple of thick substance, with tight ruffles, a double picotee of red and white, a ring of orange and red above a green throat, and red extending up the midribs.   $75 double fan
Bella Bella pictureBella Bella (Seedling x Seedling) Tetraploid, 5”, 28”, Evergreen, Midseason, Rebloom, 3 branches, 14 buds, fertile pollen, long bloom season into VL. highly saturated and passionate deep rose bitone of impeccable form.  Usually it is in bloom for six weeks. Pollen fertile, great parent!  $75 double fan
Celtic Style pictureCeltic Style (Greek Effect X J.T. Davis)  Tetraploid, 5”, 32”, Dormant, Midseason, 4 branches, 26 buds, easily fertile both ways.  Cream with a strong infusion of chartreuse, lighter grooved midribs, ruffled yellow edge, and a green throat.  Plants are impressive in the garden and the flowers have a luscious presence never lacking in green. $75 double fan
Lucille Marie pictureLucille Marie (Truly Angelic X seedling)  Tetraploid, 5”, 30”, Semi-Evergreen, Mid-Late, 3 branches, 25 buds, fertile both ways. Raspberry and cream yellow bicolor with a slate watermark above a green throat, cream midribs, and a frilly, fuzzy cream yellow edge.    $100 double fan.
Puppuccino Morning picturePuppuccino Morning (Come Down O Love Divine X First Knight)   Tetraploid 6”, 33”, Dormant, Midseason, Rebloom, 3 branches, 16 buds, fertile both ways, long bloom season into VL, high resistance to rust.  Is it cream or is it palest yellow?  It can be both in my garden.  What makes this special to me is the pacing of its rebloom period, overlapping initial bloom and keeping the flowers coming until just about everything else has bloomed out.  Flowers have a ruffled yellow edge and plants are beefy.  $75 double fan

The Beds at Daylily Lay

I maintain a page of images from my collection.  Daylily enthusiasts are welcome to use my pictures for educational purposes or on auction sites with photo credit to Michael Bouman.

The Library at Daylily Lay

From time to time I write about daylilies or daylily people. The Library at Daylily Lay is a download area for PDF files of the pieces I have saved.

Page updated November, 2016