The AHS Award of Merit is given to signify that a daylily cultivar is not only distinctive and beautiful, but has also proved good performance over a wide geographic area. The Award of Merit is made each year to only ten daylily cultivars. To receive an Award of Merit, a cultivar must receive votes from at least one-half of the established regions and not more that one-third of the total votes credited to the cultivar shall come from any one region. To be eligible for the Award of Merit, a cultivar must have received the AHS Honorable Mention Award no less that 3 years previously and will remain eligible for 3 years.
The list below presents the ten 1998 AHS Award of Merit winners, their hybridizer and the total number of votes received.
The list below presents the ten 1998 AHS Award of Merit runners-up, their hybridizer and the total number of votes received.