Dazzling Daylilies

Dazzling Daylilies in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Daylilies along fence (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I adore daylilies for many reasons; exquisite color choices, variable bloom times (late spring thru fall), assorted heights and blossom sizes, and ease of care.  Because of these assets, you’ll find a daylily (or two or three) in most of my gardens. When considering a daylily for your garden, think about sighting, bloom time and color.  Many daylilies deserve a spot front and center, but coordinating bloom times will help to compliment other garden blossoms while avoiding a color clash disaster.

Strawberry Fields with Companions in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http: agardenforall.com

Strawberry Fields with Companions (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Planting daylilies is easy either way: potted would be planted the same as any other perennial, while bare root is even easier.  If you haven’t seen one yet, the bare root looks like a miniature, dried out octopus.  To plant, simply dig a shallow hole, fan the “tentacles”, cover back up, water and protect with mulch.  For my 300′ fence line, I purchased the daylily/daffodil mix from White Flower Farm: http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com, which is a great way to fill a large area.  The daffodil bulbs go in deeper (follow directions-about six inches) and the daylilies go on top.  As the foliage passes on the daffodils, the daylilies are there to cover things up with fresh green fronds.  You can find individual plants everywhere, but I love my neighbors Diana & Lee Bristol of Bloomingfields Farm: http://www.bloomingfieldsfarm.com.  They grow daylilies exclusively and have a wonderful selection as well as the knowledge and experience to back it up.

Purple Daylily in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Magenta Daylily (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

The biggest downfall of daylilies is that the leaves tend to brown during harsh dry summers like this year and flowers are much less prolific. I call this “The Good, the Brown and the Ugly” period.  Although plants are totally healthy, this is just what some varieties do.  Clean up can be a time consuming chore when the leaves turn a distressed yellow later in the season.  Wearing rubber gripped gloves helps to grab the browned foliage underneath, but sometimes it’s easier to just cut the plant down to just six inches, which is what I do with the mass plantings.  Daylilies will tolerate some shade, so try planting them in partial sun to minimize the discoloration.

What ever your inspiration might be, there’s a delightful daylily to fulfill your every desire.  Consider adding a dazzler (or two) to your garden portfolio this year.

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