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Daylilies - Hardy Garden Plants

Hemerocallis / daylilies are easy to grow, colorful, extremely accommodating and will perform under almost all conditions. The daylily can be characterized as a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with fibrous or somewhat tuberous roots. Preferring well drained, well mulched and sunny positions, it will tolerate extreme damp to very dry sandy soil. Flowers will be more prolific in better soil and in full sun. In heavy shade, foliage may be more abundant with few flowers. Daylilies prefer at least six hours a day for the paler shades, less for the darker reds and purples. If flowers fade, wilt or burn in direct sun, move them to filtered shade. 


History of the Daylily Garden Plant

The daylily plant history ranges across thousands of years, from their ancient cultivation in Asia, through their discovery and importation by avid collectors in the West, through the early struggles to hybridise and convert the plant to tetraploid, and ultimately into the creation and dramatic craze for the exquisite modern hybrids.  The full story is as much about the people who dedicated their lives to acquiring and changing these plants as it is about the plants themselves.


Daylily Cultivation

Daylilies are among the most carefree plants in modern gardens.  Compared to many other garden plants, their horticultural requirements are minimal, and they are highly disease resistant.  This carefree nature has been a major factor contributing to the popularity of the daylily. 

Consider sunlight , soil, and water when planting daylilies.  Daylily plants prefer six to seven hours full sun.  The flowers benefit from midday to late-afternoon shade when the sun is at its hottest, particularly in hot, sunny climates and for dark-coloured flowers, such as red, purples, and blacks.  These richly coloured flowers often will scorch in full, hot sun.