Everyone has their favorite flowers and daylilies are mine. I love their color range and eye-zones (color in the center of the flower). I like the variety, some have ruffled petals and others not, some have midribs on their petals and some don’t but most of all I like that they are such good tough performers in the garden - almost no trouble at all! They even deadhead themselves, as the spent blossoms drop off on their own! They are cold and heat tolerant – unfazed by our southeast humidity – but also drought tolerant (I don’t give mine any supplemental water) and sturdy enough to be used as erosion control on a bank. They naturalize and can be divided to either fill more beds or share with friends.
True to their name, each blossom only lasts a day, which makes it imperative that I go on a “daylily tour” every day!While their bloom is not year round or even summer long, it’s easily over a month. Mine start in late May/early June and continue through July. A few, like Crimson Pirate, bloomed right through to September. And did I mention some are fragrant too? What more can you ask of a plant? Oh, I have other special plants I favor too but, if I had to choose only one, it would be the daylily. What’s your favorite? Please share some pictures with me and tell me why it’s your favorite!
Connie Schultz, Extension Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell), now volunteering in Johnston County, NC