The American Horticulture Society says the Daylily is sometimes referred to as the perfect perennial. because it is: available in a rainbow of colors; able to survive with very little care in a wide range of climates; suitable for all types of landscapes; drought resistant; almost disease and insect free; adaptable to various soil and light conditions; and known to bloom from mid-spring to fall. Quite a lot to get from one plant!

Hemerocallis, the Greek name for daylily, is derived from two words, “hemera” meaning “day” and “kallos” meaning “beauty”, but while a daylily flower only lasts a day, they are such prolific bloomers that the beauty lasts for a long time, all summer long. By choosing early, mid-season and late varieties, you can extend your bloom period for even longer. Daylily flower colors range from “near white”, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, and thousands of blends of these colors. The flowers are even edible, and can look beautiful as a garnish, strewn in a salad, or stuffed with egg salad!

While daylilies are known for their ability to grow in a variety of climates and soils, they will perform the best in your garden with a little help. When planting, enrich the soil with an amendment such as Master Nursery Paydirt and add a little Master Start fertilizer for extra insurance. Full sun (at least 6 hours/day), regular water and feeding with a Rose and Flower food will ensure that your plants flourish and bloom happily all season long. They do well in mass plantings, and their vigorous roots and rhizomes hold the soil in place and prevent erosion on slopes or uneven ground. They are not a deer’s favorite meal, although they may sample newly planted areas, or in early spring, the youngsters may try them. I found, in my yard, that they tried them and then left them alone.

We have a great selection of daylilies, as well a many other perennials, for your garden. With care, you can still plant now, as long as you make sure your newly planted babies get the extra attention they need to get established. Come in and talk to us about summer planting so you get off to a successful garden.