Day lilies are an ideal flower for the beginner or advanced gardener. The older I get, the more I've been replacing some of my annuals with this easy to grow flower.
Day lilies are hardy in a range of approximately zone 3 to zone 9, but seem to grow best in zones 4-8. My upstate New York garden is zone 5b, so I fit right in. I've had a couple of my varieties for over 20 years. They aren't that fussy about soil, and will even accept a part sun area.
They are said to be edible, too -at least some varieties are - but please, approach this with lots of caution.
There are many color and shape combinations.
Spider type, striped type, fringed type, tetraploid. I must admit I don't pay that much attention to the details - I plant what I think is pretty.
Some day lilies are fragrant. No pruning
is needed, no insect pests that I am aware of, few diseases - the only care they will need,
besides your love, is making sure they have sufficient water and dividing them every few years.
Some people recommend
mulching them before their first winter, but in my zone 5b garden, I've never
found that to be necessary.
Groundhogs don't bother them (and I should know). They are said to be
deer-resistant, but since I don't have much of a deer problem (knock on
my garden fence) I can't confirm that.
So, here's how you plant them:
1. select your area, and work the soil down to about one foot deep so it is nice and loose. Add some compost. The plants should be planted 12 to 18 inches apart.
2. Plant, making sure the crown of the plant is about an inch below the soil level. Make sure the roots are all spread out before you put dirt over the roots.
3. Make sure there is plenty of air circulation around the plants. Rust has not been a problem where I live but it, apparently, has been an increasing problem in certain parts of the country.
And now, your reward for stopping by.
I took these pictures today at Cutler Botanic Garden in Binghamton, New York. And it's turning out I may not have picked up the correct labels on some of these, so please bear with me, if you are a day lily expert. Later this week, I will feature some of my own day lilies, but not yet.
Siloam Double Classic. This picture doesn't do it justice.
Roses and Gold.
To me, these beauties only have one fault - they don't make good cut flowers. Well, two faults - each flower only lasts a day.
Meaning, enjoy them while you can!
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