New Hope Daylilies are extremely proud to be a British daylily nursery, nestled in the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. Owners and great friends, Liz Colebrook and Fiona Pidduck have taken over running this long established horticultural business from the legendary Mark Zenick.
Mark describes himself as a daylily missionary, having originally started growing Hemerocallis (daylilies) in his native Massachusetts, USA more than 30 years ago and then subsequently introducing them to rural Shropshire in the noughties! Over the last few years, Mark has shared his deep knowledge and huge passion for Hemerocallis with Liz and Fiona and they will enthusiastically and joyfully continue to offer more than 250 daylily cultivars through the nursery for sale in person (or online if you are not able to visit).
Considering the daylily is renowned for being the most popular hardy perennial in the States it’s hard to believe we Brits who love our gardens are relatively late to the party! These plants are really tough, they come in all shapes and sizes (let alone colours) and potentially thrive on benign neglect. Perfect for busy people and also perfect ‘drought plants’ as Mark would say, and with water coming at a premium, this is the plant to invest in. All our Hemerocallis are field grown here at New Hope and categorised as early, mid or late bloomers. Blooming starts in June and reaches well into October. Plus they’re edible!
Whilst Mark is retiring from day to day operations, he will continue to be on hand to advise, support and share his wealth of knowledge. Our open weekends in July are a great way to meet other enthusiasts and chat about your hemerocallis ‘families’ over tea and coffee and delicious cake of course!
2023 heralds a new website, more than 50 new cultivars added to our stock together with lots of new ideas and plans to continue the success of New Hope Daylilies.