Ephemeral they may be (each flower only last one day) but they really add intense colour into the garden over a long period.
Day Lilies (their common name) are tolerant of a wide range of garden conditions. They don’t like intense shade but will flower well in partial shade. They are pretty drought tolerant but will flower better when there is some moisture in the soil. In winter the foliage dies back so they will survive low winter temperatures with no problems.
There are many, many cultivars; mostly the flowers are trumpet-shaped but some of the newer varieties are slightly star-shaped. There are a vast array of colours, hues and sizes so you are sure to find one that is right for you. They flower in slightly different periods and once a good clump has formed will flower for quite a long period. Given some summer rain (or irrigation) and by cutting back the initial flower stems when they have finished flowering some will give a second flowering in autumn. If the leaves become untidy in summer, cutting back the foliage to the base will produce fresh green foliage to provide good groundcover. I wouldn’t recommend cutting back the foliage unless there is sufficient water.
I have a large clump of Stella di d’Oro planted under an Arbutus, they are inter-planted with Tulip Lambada to give a succession of colour; the foliage of the Hemerocallis successfully hiding the dying foliage of the tulips. They flower in May, here seen with a Salvia.
A very pure yellow, slightly later flowering and taller than Stella di d’Oro is Happy returns.
I have two whites which I now cannot distinguish; this year they are flowering much better than in other years so I think they appreciate the wet spring more than the yellows. I think this is Joan Senior and this Gentile Shepherd
Growing to about a metre tall the very common H. fulva is planted all along the back border. It has increased enormously meaning I can divide them and extend the planting.
There are other oranges, H. Hot Ember and H. Mauna Loa.
Hot Ember is what I ordered but looking through the catalogue this colour appears to be Duke of Durham. Any comments about which it is gratefully received.
Strutter’s Ball is an intense dark violet.
Grape ripples is reputed to be perfumed but I have to admit that I haven’t noticed any perfume.
I bought H. Scirocco to under plant Rosa mutabilis as it has a similar mix of colours. The roses sooned filled the space so I moved the Hemerocallis and they need more time to really settle where I have planted them.
I purchased all except the tall orange H. fulva from a specialist grower in Sardinia (Vivaio i campi ); as I bought so many he gave me three extras, I don’t know their names but the yellow one has a huge flower and the plant has bulked up well. The star-shaped dark magenta one fits well in the ‘Magenta zone’ and maybe ‘Crimson Pirate’. The other is a washed out orange with a stripe, not my favourite but not unpleasant.
These were all flowering today:
I didn’t have the name when I purchased this antique pink blotched variety. Looking in the catalogue all these look identical to me! Allways Afternoon (miss-spelt in the catalogue), Chicago Heirloom, Druids Chant or Royal Braid – take your pick!
Whichever one this is, I would have to say if is difficult to place with other plants, its antique pink colour is not like anything else.
Does anyone have any experience of the pale pink varieties, I’d be interested in knowing if they maintain their colour.
Sorry I can’t help with identifying any of these. The Gentile Shepherd is particularly fine.
Oops. make that Gentle Shepherd.
Well, well, I can see we share similar tastes in the hemerocallis front too. I like them simple and elegant, like all the cultivars you have. I hate the frilly or monster coloured new cultivars! I don’t have many, I shall increase their number though, they really worth it. Nice the picture with h. fulva, verbena, that grass and that pale yellow little flowers of which I can’t remember the name in this moment…
The yellow flowers are Sisyrinchium, they flower for ages and seed around the garden too. As long as they don’t get too much water their leaves are nice too; with irrigation or to much rain they turn black (Kevin gave them to me).
Yeah I have them and love them. I just couldn’t remember their name before! 😉
I have the same problem all the time!
Wow, what a wide range of daylilies you have Christina! Not something we grow here, but I admire them in other gardens… Yours are fabulous.
I’m sorry that I can’t help with identifying your unknown varieties. I do know that your lily gardens are beautiful.
So many lovely daylilies! I like them so much with grasses… they have such a loose feel to them. I love them flowing over your gravel paths! Just perfect. Glad to see your daylilies today also!!
I like the way your tall Fulva mixed with your other plants too.
I like your cream colored daylilies. My favorite in our garden is called ‘Eye-yi-yi’, a prominent red/maroon eye in an orange flower. A bit like ‘Duke of Durham’.
Love the name of that one!
Thanks for identifying H. fulva. I always called it the “common orange one”. It grows out along the road into our main drive, where the dying flowers are hardly noticeable (I used to get tired of snapping them off). All of our day lilies are passalongs, but after seeing yours, I may need to add a few more.
There are some wonderful colours now. I’d like to try some of the pinks.
Wow, so many beautiful Daylilles, I really loved the Scirocco, the colour looks so delicate.
I just love the purity of the colours of the Day Lilies; so yes the colour is delicate but not washed out.
I love day lilies, and have some large orange ones too…. no idea of any of the names, as they were all here before my time! That pink one is beautiful, but somehow day lilies for me have to be shades of orange…
One non-native I adore in my summer garden is the daylily…they are a must for me..
They are such reliable plants and tolerant of so many conditions, how could you not have them in your garden?
Mi piace la gamma degli arancioni perché insieme alle altre piante non danno mai la sensazione di accostamenti studiati! L’effetto è sempre molto naturale. Se non sbaglio H. Fulva dovrebbero essere molto rustici e quindi perfetti per me. Anche io, trovo bellissima e poetica la foto con sisyrinchium, verbena, e la vaporosa graminacea sullo sfondo. Non è per caso il miscanthus che mi hai regalato?
Sì, Anna Maria è proprio la Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’. Sono anche più belle quest’anno perché abbia piovuto così tanto. Sì, Anna Maria è proprio la Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’. Sono anche più belle quest’anno perché abbia piovuto così tanto.
You have a fantastic selection, ours are just about to open, they give colour in borders for such a long time don’t they?!
Yes, they do
I LOVE your orange and purple combo….stunning!
Gosh, what a lot you’ve got. I’ve planted some spider daylilies from a nursery I found on twitter. They are so exotic looking and about to flower – I’m very excited! D
I hope you’ll show them to us when they flower.
I have to admit that I like day lilies better in other people’s gardens. However, I really like Stella d’Oro and Happy Returns which are reblooming in my garden.
Your wonderful variety of day lilies puts me to shame. All I have is the common day lily that has been blooming in my garden since the beginning of time. I keep saying I will add some of the newer varieties of different colors. I especially like your Grape Ripples.
…and it is perfumed as I was told. You need to be near the flower but it has a lovely perfume a little like a lily.
Christina, I forgot to mention in my comment that the monarda you asked about is ‘Petite Delight’. It has taken a couple of years to establish itself, but this year it is lovely.
Thank you, I’ll look for it, it is a wonderful colour.
I’ve got some day lilies but now you’ve inspired me to use them in some different places.
Excellent, they deserve a place in any garden.
Very beautiful selection indeed. My very favorite one is called ‘Time for Eternity” and I bought it the year I celebrated the 5th year after my surgery to take away a cancer. This was in 2011 and we just entered 2018!!! Now, last fall, I harvested the seeds in my favorite daylillies and today, after a 2 months’ period in the fridge, I put them in a medium so that they can germinate and next spring, I will plant them in the garden. Most of the seeds result of me, pollinating the tetras and diplos separately. Do you do that as well?