After a sun drenched week interspersed with the odd thunderstorm, it started pouring with rain at around 9am this morning and as it seems to have set in, it’ll be a greenhouse afternoon for me! My star plant this week has to be the delightful daylily – it’s a hard working stalwart of the mid-summer garden and I just love its many varieties, here are my six:
The vast colour range of the daylily varies from the subtle to the dramatic; from white through yellow, to pink to red, purple and crimson and so there’ll be one for any situation. In addition, the diversity of flower size and petal shape gives rise to a great choice – all tastes catered for!
I tend to choose later flowering varieties and have just one that flowers in early June – it falls victim to daylily gall midge most years and so requires close observation to spot and remove affected flower buds before this pest spreads. I’m informed that this is a particular problem with early varieties and I certainly haven’t seen it on the July flowers.
As the common name implies, each individual flower lasts just one day. Daylilies love well drained fertile soil, but will grow in poorer soil and even in heavy clay, but should be planted with plenty of garden compost and mulched each year in Spring. Large clumps are easily propagated by division in Autumn. I don’t cut the foliage back in winter, but do remove any dead or unsightly leaves.
Daylilies are available in most garden centres, however for a decent choice I’ve been looking at specialist nurseries. There are a few on line and I’ve seen one or ten varieties in their catalogues that I quite like the look of!
When deciding on a border scheme using daylilies it’s sensible to consider leaf shape and colour – I planted a crocosmia next to hemerocallis ‘Sammy Russell’, which resulted in too much mid-green bladed foliage and didn’t look good at all. Daylilies look fabulous planted amongst perennials with flat flower-heads such as achillea and also with dahlias and hardy geraniums, all of which have a variety of colours and a complimentary leaf shape. One successful combination I’ve achieved with a shrub is ‘Sammy Russell’ planted in front of cotinus coggygria purpureum – shown in the featured image.
Finally, a daylily I haven’t got – yet! I took this picture of hemerocallis fulva at Middleton Hall Gardens – the appeal to me is in its height and floriferous nature, a decent clump would look great in my hot border – the area of the garden that I find most challenging. It’ll be my next daylily purchase…
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