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!
Happy Monday! I hope you’re staying cool! We had a brief reprieve from the heat with temperatures in 80s instead of 90s for a few days but heat and humidity have been steadily creeping back up. The garden is starting to look a little peaked and most of the daylilies have finished blooming . . .*sniff*.
You can’t beat daylilies in the garden for their reliability, hardiness and 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.
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 varieties of daylilies from Smokey’s Gardens. One of my favorites is ‘Lake Norman Sunset’ Daylily.
You’d think it would have been available locally but I could only find it online in Michigan :)
Shopping the collections can save you up to 40% including shipping charges. Each collection contains six daylilies, with two fans of each daylily.
The Rebloomer Collections are among my favorites as they have more than one bloom cycle for extended bloom time in your garden.
(Collection items may change at any time due to inventory levels.)
There is also a Fragrant Rebloomer Collection.
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 winners chosen August 12th.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Smokey’s Gardens ships daily from May to October.