Daylilies originated in China and gained significance in the US around 1929 through the work of Dr. A.B. Stout. Since that time there has been an explosion in experimentation regarding form, color, hardiness and longer bloom season. Today there are more than 50,000 varieties registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.
Daylilies are the perfect perennial. They thrive on neglect, and with a little planning they reward the gardener with a season of bloom.
"Hemerocallis" means "beauty for a day". Although each individual bloom lasts but a single day, a mature plant will have multiple scapes (flower stalks) with 10 to 35 blooms per scape, providing an exceptionally long season of bloom for a perennial.
It is the mainstay of the perennial mixed border; a trouble free plant for landscapers and a delightful hobby plant for collectors and amateur hybridizers.
Toughness, adaptability, hardiness and ease of culture are overcrowded only by its beauty.
WHEN TO PLANT
Early spring until frost - In Zone 6, where we are located, that is from May until September 30th.
WHERE TO PLANT
Daylilies are sun-loving plants but they will also bloom rather well in partial shade. Four to six hours or more of sun is preferred but in our Zone 6 they have done well in filtered light in shaded areas. They do not like full shade.
Thrives in a variety of soil conditions with a pH of 6-7. Adding compost, rotted leaves or wood chips, old manure or almost any other organic material may improve mediocre soil.
In a mixed perennial border allow a circle of 16-18 inches in diameter if the daylily will be divided and replanted in 3-5 years. If you expect to leave the clump intact for 5-10 years it will need 18-24 inches or more.
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