5 tips for growing daylilies

Daylilies are cheerful and colourful perennials that can grow in a range of conditions and be used in different areas around your garden.

5 tips for growing daylilies

About daylilies

  • The colourful blooms of the popular daylily lasts only one day—hence its name.
  • Native to Asia, daylilies have narrow leaves about 60 centimetres long, with funnel-shaped flowers atop leafless stalks that may grow to 1.5 metres.

Here are a few tips for growing daylilies.

1. Find a planting site

As long as the soil's not too wet and they receive at least a half day of sun, daylilies will grow in a range of conditions.

  • You can even use them to hold a slope that's prone to erosion.
  • Very showy varieties and all of the new reblooming daylilies (which bloom for months rather than weeks) need regular water and fertilizer and good-quality soil in order to produce plenty of flowers.

2. What to look for when buying a daylily

  • Look for at least two fans, or crowns, when buying a new daylily.

It means that the plant is more mature, so it will be more likely to bloom well in its first season in your garden.

3. Give daylilies room to grow

  • Place plants at least 60 centimetres apart because every year, a daylily will grow one to three new crowns.
  • Fill space between plants in a new daylily bed with small summer annuals.

4. Protect the reds

  • Plant red daylilies in a spot that gets relief from the hot afternoon sun, because many red daylilies bleach out in intense sun.
  • Yellow daylilies tend to be easy to please in less-than-ideal growing conditions.

5. Camouflage a fence or unsightly area

  • Use daylilies to mask the base of a fence or any low area that needs hiding.

Instead of battling the grass and weeds that grow at the base of a fence with a weed trimmer, let vigorous daylilies take over the space. They will dominate lawn grass with ease and often win out over weeds.

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