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On Gardening: Dazzling daylilies showing out at a garden near you

May 30, 2016

Singular Sensation is known to have 29 buds, four stalks and is a repeat bloomer, too.

Our American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is in full bloom and while they all are extraordinarily beautiful there are those certain varieties that just keep me fixated. I started noticing a few similar traits and as I researched them I realized they were all tetraploids. So instead of being diploid with each cell having two sets of chromosomes these varieties have four sets.

Hopefully this doesnít sound frightening or make your eyes glaze over. Having grown up in the south, I find there are so many gardeners that equate the daylily to the escaped Hemerocallis fulva or Tawny daylily growing wild in the ditch. Then there is also a generation of gardeners who seem to equate daylilies with only the variety Stella díOro because thatís what has been mass produced for sale at the garden center.

If this even remotely describes you then you have got to go visit an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden near you. There are over 330 such gardens and the societyís website will show you those closest to your home www.daylilies.org/AHSgardens.

Not only will you be able to enjoy daylilies in full bloom as you stroll through the garden taking dozens of photographs, but you will get a clear picture of what your local hybridizers have been able to accomplish and most likely have for sale at a garden show or festival nearby.

Now, I will tell you the varieties that are catching my eye in Savannah they are Singular Sensation, Wild Irish, Monetís Garden, God Alone and Amelia Island Holiday. These are all tetraploid varieties featuring ruffled margins and known to re-bloom. Wild Irish, Monetís Garden and God Alone are also fragrant.

This is just at our garden in Savannah. Visit one near you and you will no doubt see equally stunning selections in your region guaranteeing that you will leave ready to turn your landscape into a kaleidoscope of color with this favorite perennial.

Perhaps you havenít tried daylilies because the flowers only last a day. Remember, each scape or flower stalk has many buds and these open in a series, giving you beauty for not only days but weeks and even months if they repeat. Monetís Garden for instance has a bud count of 26 with 3 branches.

Daylilies require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day for best performance. Best results are obtained from raised beds rich in organic matter. Almost every problem phone call I used to get on daylilies, other than a few insects, originated with daylilies planted in soggy soils.

Be sure to add a good layer of mulch to hold moisture, keep the soil cool, and to prevent weeds. I am a pine straw nut for mulch but I have to admit that a layer of pine bark mulch around a daylily loaded with blooms is a wonderful sight.

To encourage flower production, keep seed pods picked off and feed with a complete and balanced fertilizer every four to six weeks. It is also very import to remove any diseased foliage if it develops during the long summer.

Warning, once you see all of the different daylily varieties there is no telling how many you will want. I posted Wild Irish on our Facebook and it seemed to go viral by our standards. One comment was from a young lady who stated, "this flower needs to be in my life." No doubt you will feel the same.

 

 

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