The dainty Daylilies
have been delighting gardeners with their abundant charm and agreeability for
comes from the genus Hemerocallis
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
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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