Daylilies are possibly one of the easiest perennial flowers to grow. Yet they are also one of the most popular flowers for hybridizes. There are well over 60,000 cultivars that have a range of colors from white to oranges, yellows, browns, and purples these flowers fit a wide color spectrum.
The daylily is a very adaptable plant and can be grown in every section of the country. It does best in a sunny location but grows well in just about any soil type. These plants work well in mass plantings and bloom over a long period of time
during the summer months bringing bright color to the summer garden.
Culture And Care
Daylilies are very easy to grow and adapt well. Some daylilies have a fragrance, some will re-bloom latter in the year but all have easy care requirements. For healthy plants and to encourage additional blooms
spent flowers and seed pods should be removed. Letting your daylilies go to seed will not hurt anything but I prefer to keep them clean looking.
There are two basic varieties those that clump and those that grow by runners. The cultivars that grow by runners are very evasive and over a period of time will take over the whole garden and start popping up everywhere. Once these varieties establish themselves it is very difficult to get rid of them and they become an obnoxious pest. That is not to say they do not have value they are great for holding soil on a hillside or to present a magnificent show in a field not used for other purposes. For the home gardener I suggest to to stick with clumping varieties.
In the early spring clean up the plants by clearing away dead leaves off the plant from the fall. The new growth will come quickly and you should have blooms appear just as summer begins. Because daylilies grow so well they do need some attention to keep them at their best. You should divide the clumps every 4 to 5 years to ensure healthy growth and to rejuvenate thinning plants.
In late summer or very early fall is the best time to divide your daylilies. I think right after they finish flowering is the best. To divide the plants dig all they way around the clump at least 6 inches from the edge. After you have loosened the roots from the soil take a garden fork and gently pry the plants from below and lift out of the hole.The easiest way to divided the clumps is to place 2 garden forks back to back in the middle of the clump and push outward this will pull the plants a part and leave you with 2 clumps to re-plant. If the clumps are still too large just split the clumps again. Dig a hole eight inches larger than the root ball of the clump loosen the soil and replant. Cut the leaves back to 6 inches and water well. The longer before winter the better to enable the plant to establish some new roots.
Daylilies are really a wonderful addition to any gardens and can be mixed with other perennial plants to make interesting displays.