Growing Daylilies – A Must Have in the Garden

Growing daylilies is a must for any flower garden and there are several reasons why. These fine gems are perennials, and who doesn’t love a plant that comes back faithfully every year. They are extremely hardy. Even with the extreme cold we had here in Pennsylvania the last couple of years, the daylilies remain unfazed. And they are known to grow from zone 4 – 9 which covers a lot of territory. They are also drought tolerant and capable of thriving in less than ideal soil conditions.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors shapes and forms.

You’ve probably notice this daylily which can be found just about everywhere especially in commercial areas and homes with formal designs. It’s a landscapers go-to plant, a daylily called Stella De Oro. People like it because it’s very compact, growing 12 inches tall and wide, producing a ton of flowers from May through July, usually in a lemon yellow or one more golden.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

At the same time, the vivid orange blooms above can be found growing on the road side all over the place. Commonly known as the Ditch Lily, Hemerocallis fulva, is quite invasive and considered to be a weed by some. However many plant them on hillsides because they are great for erosion control.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

The hybrids that you buy in nurseries are not invasive. They come in a wide variety of colors from near white to wine red and a number of shapes and forms.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Many are varied in color, with a darker middle sections.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Some are bi-colored with two different colored petals.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors and styles.

Some have ruffled, twisted or curved edges. They come in singles, doubles and spider forms. Such a diverse plant. It’s no wonder that many avid gardeners aspire to grow daylilies for exhibitions.

Other Fine Qualities

Daylilies can be used as a cut flower in arrangements. Each flower will only open for one day, hence the name daylily, but if you cut a stem with several buds it should last for a few days.

Daylilies are edible. The flower petals can be used in salads and stir fry dishes. Some like to dip the flower buds in batter and deep fry them. Want to try it? Here’s an article from PBS on how to make daylily fritters.

So if you aren’t growing daylilies I hope this convinced you to give them a try. If you are growing them, maybe it’s time to buy a few more. That’s what I’m going to do.

Want to learn more about daylilies? Check out The American Hemerocallis Society website which is filled with all kinds of useful information on growing and exhibiting daylilies.

Daylilies are a great hardy, drought tolerant perennial that blooms all summer long and comes in a variety of colors shapes and forms.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Thanks for reminding me of daylilies; I am going to Start looking for some.

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