If you’re looking for a perennial that is low-maintenance, blooms repeatedly for years with little attention, tolerates the heat and drought and a wide variety of soil conditions, look no further than the daylily!
Daylilies are known for their hardiness and their big, colorful blooms. The daylily’s botanical name, Hemerocallis, means “beauty for a day” as each bloom only remains open for a single day. Depending on the variety, the bloom season can last 30 to 40 days or longer. Blooming starts in late spring and can continue into early fall.
For best results, plant daylilies where they’ll get six hours or more of direct sunlight each day. Daylilies will also grow in partial shade, but will produce fewer flowers. Daylilies are easy to transplant, quick to multiply and relatively free from pests. They can be enjoyed as a pop of color in a garden bed among other perennials or massed together and planted in drifts.
Flowers appear on stalks called ‘scapes’, with multiple flowers blooming on a single scape. Each daylily plant has numerous scapes and can produce hundreds of flowers in a season. To keep the plants looking their best, snap off the spent flowers, taking care not to disturb nearby buds.
Daylilies will grow for many years without any attention, but the plants will produce more flowers if they are divided about every 5 years. Divide daylilies after the plants have finished blooming in late summer or early fall. Dig up the entire plant and cut or pull the clump apart. You can keep the divisions larger or you can divide the plant into individual fans. The fans can then be planted close together to fill in areas of your garden. Before replanting, trim the foliage back to a height of about 6 inches and cover with 1 to 2 inches of mulch.
Fall is a great time to add perennials that bloom in the spring or summer as it gives them time to develop a strong root system before the blooming season. Another benefit to fall planting is that you can usually save money at the end of the season from nurseries clearing out their stock. In celebration of the daylily, I’m sharing my favorite online source, Smokey’s Gardens.
Located in Coldwater, Michigan, Smokey’s Gardens is one of the largest daylily growers in the United States, with over three thousand varieties of daylilies and over five million plants, including thousands of seedlings and daylily seed production.
I’ve purchased several daylilies from Smokey’s Gardens. Among my favorite is ‘Lake Norman Sunset’ Daylily.
You’d think it would have been available locally but I could only find it online in Michigan :) LKN Sunset is currently out of stock but you can find an amazing selection of individual daylilies or collections at Smokey’s Gardens.
The Rebloomer Collections are among my favorites as they have more than one bloom cycle for extended bloom time in your garden.
There is also a Fragrant Rebloomer Collection.
(Collection items may change at any time due to inventory levels.)
I’m sharing some daylily love and giving away a Rebloomer Collection to two winners!
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This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. and sponsored by me.
The winners will be chosen September 22nd, the first day of Fall!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Smokey’s Gardens ships daily from May to October. Orders placed after November 1st will begin shipping in May.
My friend Jenna at The Painted Apron recently painted a beautiful watercolor version of my daylilies! Jenna is always wielding her whisk or her paintbrush to whip up something delicious in her kitchen or create something beautiful on canvas. You see her creative step-by-step process of her daylily watercolor, but I guarantee they are much easier to grow than they are to paint. ;)
We’ve stocked up on water and keeping our eye on Hurricane Florence as she heads toward the Carolinas. We were in Charlotte in 1989 when Hugo came ashore in Charleston. No one thought Hugo would come that far inland but. . .surprise! We were without power for a week from downed power lines from trees. If you’re in the path of Florence, I hope you stay safe. ♥
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