About us and our Daylilies
Strictly Daylilies is owned and run by Paula and Chris Dyason in the village of Histon, just north of Cambridge in the UK.
Paula is American; born in California, but after her parents moved east she grew up in South Carolina, literally surrounded by daylilies. Her mother was an enthusiastic collector with over 200 varieties at their 30-acre homestead, buying new releases every year and passing on her passion to her daughter.
Paula became a dentist, practicing in South Carolina, but was an avid gardener in her spare time and studied horticulture to achieve the Master Gardener qualification. Not surprisingly, her garden included a lot of daylilies!
When Paula married Chris, a Brit, in 2008, she left dentistry and moved to England where she wanted to cultivate a typical English country garden but to populate it with daylilies.
The garden collection rapidly expanded with daylily plants coming from many sources and it wasn’t long before the opportunity to turn a hobby into a business became obvious. In 2012 a large collection of daylilies was purchased and Strictly Daylilies Ltd was born.
Staying true to ‘doing what it says on the can’, Strictly sells only daylilies and will not be reducing its focus by adding other species. With over 84,000 registered varieties of hemerocallis, there’s plenty to go on as a specialist.
Since then Paula has roped in Chris to help in the daylily business and the number of plants in stock has risen to over 20,000 with over 1,500 varieties. The nursery now has 5 acres of land and the business has become the largest grower of daylilies in the UK. Meanwhile Paula has taken up (Chris would say become obsessed with) hybridizing and for the last few years she has been producing 5,000 seedlings each year. To help with her hybridizing work Paula has qualified as an American Hemerocallis Society Garden Judge, the only one outside North America and is a regular attendee at AHS Conventions.
The typical English country garden that Paula created is now an accredited AHS Display Garden, the only one in the UK and one of only four in ‘the rest of the World’. She has also just completed an official AHS Historic Display Garden and has a British National Collection of modern daylilies. Paula is a go-getter who doesn’t know the term “that’ll do” and she’s on the way to achieving her mission of convincing the British that every garden must have daylilies.
Above all, Paula’s business is focused on providing a high quality service backed by a no-quibble guarantee of success. Paula is one of those people who can only do 100%; phrases like “that’ll do” are not in her vocabulary. She’s on a mission to convince the World that daylilies should be in every garden.
Strictly Daylilies is based just north of Cambridge and sells hemerocallis on a mail order basis to the UK and Europe.