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’.
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.
Followed by the Hemerocallis and Salvia which are in turn followed by Allium Sphaerocephalon.
Further along the border around the yellow fruited Crab apple is an area planted almost entirely with plants with yellow flowers.
H. ‘Happy Returns’ is a brighter, pure yellow than ‘Stella d’Oro’.
Before the Hemerocallis, three different yellow bearded Iris flower; now it is sharing the space with Sisyrinchium striatum and Achillea millefolium.
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.
I moved these in autumn 2016, they didn’t flower last year but are looking lovely now.
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.