The shady, sloping walkway from Ron and Becky Brechter’s house to their backyard is lined with flowering plants and green foliage. After passing a wooden fence, the path opens into a sun-lit field of hundreds of daylilies.
Ron Brechter, a Hall County Master Gardener, has between 400 and 500 different varieties of daylilies in his garden.
Though the peak season for daylilies ends in June, hundreds of blooms are still in his garden because of the amount of variety. Each of the flowers only bloom for one day.
Brechter walked through his garden pointing out a few of his favorite blooms: Sherry Lane Carr, Pearl Harbor and his North Georgia Daylily Society Best of Show 2009 winner Possum Que Shane, which came from a hybridizer in Dahlonega.
"As you can tell a lot of these have quit blooming," Brechter said. "They run in cycles. You’ve got early bloomers, late bloomers and mid-season bloomers.
Brechter’s oldest son got him interested in the flowers about six years ago. He laughed and said daylilies are his addiction.
Though one might think Brechter amassed such a collection through cross-pollination or "hybridizing," he said he prefers to just buy the plants he likes.
"Once I started collecting them it just kind of grew and grew and grew," Brechter said. "They’re a great perennial. They are really hardy. They don’t have a lot of problems. And there is such a variety."
Brechter said the only variation he’ll never find is a blue daylily because the plants lack the gene necessary for that particular color.
To make up for the lack of blue, Becky Brechter, a master gardener, has grown fond of hydrangeas.
The couple said they stay quite busy working in the garden to maintain so many plants.
When they’re not outside pulling weeds and "dead heading" or pulling the wilted blooms from plants, they’re reading about gardening.
"We’ve got many, many books between the two of us," Becky Brechter said laughing. "It’s like therapy. It’s relaxing to just get out and read through all the different gardening books."