Hemerocallis – one day wonder!

Before the winter and spring just past we have had two years with very little rain; it has been so dry that many of the plants that are drought tolerant have survived but many have flowered very little or not at all.  Hemerocallis are one example.

These are tough plants; they survive months of no rain at all depending on their thick moisture retaining rhizomes to keep their foliage healthy.  But in the past two years only the toughest of the varieties I have in the garden have flowered.

This spring has been the wettest I remember and we’re still having rain; last night it must have rained for a lot of the night judging by how wet everything was, this has many positives not least of which is that all of the Hemerocallis will bloom this year.

The first to flower but still putting out a few blooms is the small golden yellow H. ‘Stella d’Oro’.

Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’

This has flowered each year; possibly because it is the first to come into flower and therefore before the days have become scorching hot.

They are now in probably more shade than they would ideally like as the Melia has grown massively making this area quite shady from the end of May through to October.  This bed is a good example of successional interest.  First there are fringed tulips.

Fringed Tulip Lambada

Followed by the Hemerocallis and Salvia which are in turn followed by Allium Sphaerocephalon.

Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’ with Salvia (the colour is looking less golden because o fthe bright light in this image.

Further along the border around the yellow fruited Crab apple is an area planted almost entirely with plants with yellow flowers.

H. ‘Happy Returns’

H. ‘Happy Returns’ is a brighter, pure yellow than ‘Stella d’Oro’.

Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

Before the Hemerocallis, three different yellow bearded Iris flower; now it is sharing the space with Sisyrinchium striatum and Achillea millefolium.

Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’

In the other direction there is a very large flowered, unnamed variety that was given to me by the supplier as I’d ordered quite a lot!  He said that this was a new variety that they had bred; I’m sure it must have been a good one for them as the flowers are significantly larger than all the others in my garden.  It is now a largish clump and I will divide it in autumn and add it to the border with the other yellows.

This was an un-named freebie because I spend a lot with the nursery.

Unnamed giant yellow

H. ‘Grape Ripples’ hasn’t flowered for a couple of years, nice to see it back.

H. ‘Strutter’s Ball’

I moved these in autumn 2016, they didn’t flower last year but are looking lovely now.

H. ‘Strutter’s Ball’ in the large Island

Another Freebie, with very star-like flowers

the third Freebie

H. ‘Sirocco’

I bought Sirocco’ to be planted with Rosa mutabilis because it has the same tones of colour, ranging from peachy cream through to crimson hints.

That’s enough for today; I’ll show you the rest when the orange varieties flower.

Do you grow Hemerocallis in your garden?  Do you have a favourite?

Have a lovely weekend.


32 thoughts on “Hemerocallis – one day wonder!

  1. I’m glad the rain arrived in time to deliver a great crop of daylilies, Christina! I got some blooms this year, which is a surprise as our winter rainfall was pitifully low and the plants have been almost wholly dependent on the irrigation system. Still, ‘Spanish Harlem’, a dark-flowered variety, has done well this year. On the other hand, ‘Persian Market’, another of my favorites, has yet to make an appearance at all.

    • I remember seeing ‘Spanish Harlem’ when you showed it a couple of years ago. I don’t irrigate any of the borders except the vegetable garden and cut flower beds.

  2. I love those strong yellows. I have an unnamed orange one flowering at the moment, inherited with the garden. It looks lovely next to the slightly singed goat’s beard flowers. 🙂

  3. I have some Hemerocallis in my garden, but I don’t know the names of any of them. They didn’t flower so well last year because it was so hot so hopefully they’ll be better this year.

  4. I utterly love Hemerocallis. My favourites are ‘Bonanza’ (yellow with brownish-red centre) and ‘Summer Wine’ (sparkly dusky pink). But there are so many gorgeous ones. I love ‘Strutter’s Ball’!

  5. I didn’t realise you had so many day lilies. I have a few inherited ones but I have never boght any as it is a plant that I cannot love. But they work well in your garden to carry on the interest into summer. Successional interest is what it is all about. Anyone can have a moment of glory in the garden but keeping it going throughout the year takes great skill. And you are brilliant at it.

  6. I do grow them, and they are in tight bud now. Some varieties have a great deal of leaf, and will swamp other things in the border, I love that early yellow one. Is it perfumed?

  7. I do grow hemerocallis and amazingly they seem to do very well on my very heavy clay soil. I am not a great fan of yellow in the garden but your selection with sisyrinchium and iris has won me over.

  8. Glad the rain has produced extra blooms in your garden, Christina. You have a great daylily collection. I have a few myself, which are starting to bloom. ‘Happy Returns’ is a favorite, as is ‘Hyperion,’ and a slender species with yellow petals with mahogany backs, the name escapes me now, but I’ve posted it in the past. My daylily bed is overgrown, needs attention, but I seldom tend it as it rarely gets to the top of the to-do list!

  9. You must be pleased to have the blooms back, Christina. Interestingly I took all mine out last autumn as they hadn’t flowered for a few years and were just a mass of leaves. I put them in pots, tucked out of the way in the fruit cage, as I didn’t want to get rid if them – still no flowers, except on one I forgot to lift, but I wonder now whether they were all too dry?

  10. Christina I love your Hemerocallis, they are all very beautiful. I like all the yellows, especially the giant yellow Hemerocallis without a name, the “Grape Ripples” and the last one you have taught, Hemerocallis “Sirocco”. Since I am an inexperienced gardener I loved the way to plant tulips, Hemerocallis and Salvia followed by Allium. I am going to copy it to you because you have flowers from the beginning of spring to the whole Summer. With your permission, yesterday June 26 I planted the 3 Dahlias in the garden. You know that if they grow and take flowers, I dedicate a small vase to each Dahlia: the same thing I promised Karen. Thank you very much for your help. Have a happy Sunday. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  11. Oh the wonders rain can bring. Your daylilies are beautiful and it was nice to see how you use succession planting to carry the bed through different season. Tagging on to Amelia’s comment, I’d like to know the Italian for Ditch Lily too. It was suggested in a garden book to use one as a place holder in your perennial border, then replace with named cultivars over time. So I did. Can’t get rid of it and it spreads like crazy. I do have a couple of other daylilies from a visit to a daylily farm one fun day years ago.

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