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Daylilies

Daylilies
Daylilies

About Daylilies

A daylily is a flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis. Despite the common name, it is not in fact a lily. These enchanting perennials range in colour from sunny yellows and blushing pinks to deep purples and electric greens. They may be of the classic, graceful trumpet shape or they may have the slender, reaching petals of spider varieties. Because different varieties have different blooming periods, it's possible to enjoy the beauty and charm of these splendid flowers from spring until fall in an ever-changing display of styles and colours.

Daylilies are among one of the most carefree of all flowering perennials. They grow quickly, are long lived and can thrive in almost any type of soil. Daylily bulbs will grow in sun or shade, and are rarely troubled by insect pests or disease.

Where do daylilies grow best?

Daylily flowers grow best when planted in full sun (6 hours/day), on moist, but well-drained soil. In hot climates, dark-colored cultivars require afternoon shade to help retain their color. When planted in the correct location, daylilies can bloom year after year with little care.

Because daylilies come in so many shapes, sizes and colours, there is one to fit any landscaping scheme. Consider your needs and preferences when browsing daylilies for sale. Smaller, compact types are ideal for borders, lining sidewalks or in low flower beds. Because of their long, slender, grasslike leaves, taller varieties are perfect for planting amongst ornamental grasses or for placement at the back of a yard or flower bed. Daylilies are an excellent choice for planting on berms as, once established, their roots tend to keep soil in place and discourage erosion.

Do daylilies spread?

Daylilies can quickly spread into larger clumps, and if they become too crowded they do not bloom as well. To avoid limited blooms, you can divide your daylily bulbs every few years and plant the divided pieces in soil amended with compost.

Tips & Growing Instructions

The dainty Daylilies have been delighting gardeners with their abundant charm and agreeability for centuries. Daylily comes from the genus Hemerocallis in the Asphodelaceae family. Its botanical name translates to "beauty for a day", an obvious allusion to the day-long lifespan of daylily flowers, most of which tend to wither away within about 24 hours of blooming, often replaced by another from the same stalk the following day. Daylilies are native to parts of eastern Asia, including China, Japan and Korea. Daylily flowers come in a wide array of forms and sizes and a breathtaking spectrum of colors that includes orange, pink, purple, red and yellow.

Daylily plants do best in sites that receive direct sunlight for 6 hours a day. Incorporate good quantities of organic matter to enhance the soil's aeration, drainage and fertility. Daylilies are exceptional in their diversity and the myriad it can be utilized in the garden. They make stunning border plants, are excellent for mass plantings along walkways or fences as well as for landscape plantings in combination with compact shrubs or ornamental grasses.

Spring offers the ideal time for planting daylilies, although gardeners in the South also have the option of planting late in fall. Till the soil to a depth of 1 foot and dig planting holes that are a little larger than the root mass, at least 18 to 24 inches apart from each other. Make sure you spread the roots out as you sow, and that the crown doesn't end up any deeper than an inch under the soil surface. Pat the ground lightly to firm up the surface after refill and water thoroughly. Daylilies require regular irrigation for optimum growth. Mulching isn't a necessity, but is useful in areas susceptible to weeds and excessive heat.
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