Each flower lasts only a day.
|If I could only have one daylily, it would probably be orange.|
|A pale yellow daylily glows in early morning.|
Daylilies are tough and resilient.A Kansas garden will test any plant. A few years of drought and high temperatures followed by frigid winter has taken its casualties, but for the most part the daylilies soldier on. Let me hasten to add that their floral display was not outstanding during those days, but the plant itself stayed alive and multiplied. They were holding back, waiting for a year like this one when the rains have come with delightful regularity and the temperatures have been mild. Now they are showing me what they can do and it is glorious!
|Perhaps my favorite which blooms next to the sea lavender..|
I am beginning to see the benefit of giving daylilies extra water during their blooming season. I tend to hand water with a hose, concentrating on new plants getting established, but will need to make sure that the daylilies also get enough water to thrive.
|I have this peach colored hemerocallis for many years.|
The options are endless.From the original bright orange daylily plant breeders have expanded the colors and forms of this flower to an amazing array of over a thousand registered varieties.
|First year in the garden for this brilliant scarlet daylily.|
|Multiple branches on the scapes mean more blooms.|
|In the background you can see both tall and low varieties of daylilies. Allium are in the forground.|
Heights in my garden vary from a low of about 12 inches (other gardeners may have some shorter) to some that tower over three feet tall.
There's plenty to share.If there is one thing daylilies are good at, its multiplying. Each year you can expect the clump to be a little larger. Eventually they will need to be divided. This is where the generosity of gardeners comes in because divisions are often shared. It is also a fine plan to use these divisions to fill in and expand your garden. My plan is always to have the same plant variety in at least two locations.
|This is a low growing miniature variety.|
|Stella D'Oro daylilies bloom next to the sweetly scented Phlox.|
|I really do prefer the simple single petaled orange daylily.|
If I have a "least favorite" flower it would have to be double orange variety pictured here. It is no doubt a case of "familiarity builds contempt" for this is the variety planted beside the vegetable garden and along the path to the barn and it continues to show up with irritating regularity in various spots of the flower garden.
|There's always room for one more daylily plant.|