Daylilies

Daylilies are an easy care, low maintenance, drought tolerant plant easily grown in most climates. They are a perennial and not a bulb and can survive excessive temperatures, excessive rainfall, salt spray, high winds, frosts and snow. There are evergreen, semi-evergreen and dormant varieties ensuring there is a daylily for every climatic condition.

 

Daylilies usually flower from Spring to Autumn with a few cultivars flowering almost non-stop for several months. Usually daylilies have between 2-4 flushes of bloom throughout the year and although blooms last only one day, each individual flowering scape can have as many as 35 buds and some varieties even more. A large clump in bloom has several scapes at varying stages of maturity giving an extremely long flowering display. Whilst daylilies are best grown in full sun, a minimum of 6-8 hours sun every day is needed to ensure reliable flowering.

 

Daylilies can be planted on steep embankments to help with soil erosion, in a perennial border, cottage gardens, in pots, around ponds and roadside plantings to name a few. Pots moved onto a patio when in flower are ideal to brighten up the area.

 

There are several types of daylily flowers, single small, large and extra large blooms, double flowers (having extra petals), miniature and extra tiny flowers as well as spider varieties. Some blooms have fragrant flowers whilst others have diamond dusting glistening in the sun. Some have heavily ruffled and frilled petal edges and bold bright contrast colored eyes. The rainbow of colors available means there is always something for the avid daylilly collector, the home gardener or purely to brighten up a spot in the garden. A mass planting of one or two colours gives a stunning display.

 

When purchasing daylilies ascertain if your plant is low growing, tall growing, miniature growth, evergreen, semi-evergreen, winter dormant. If winter dormant it is advisable to place a small stake near the plant for when the foliage dies back in winter. New growth emerging from dormant daylilies is quite pretty with an initial different hue to evergreen and semi-evergreen daylilies. Daylilies purchased between late October and March will benefit being planted in pots and placed in some shade until autumn when they can be moved into direct sunlight or planted directly into beds.

 

All parts of a daylily are edible, try them in a casserole or perhaps fried, sautéed or in a soup.