Daylilies are easy-to-grow perennials with thousands of cultivars whose flowers range from white to deep shades of purple and almost black. As their name suggests their flowers last for a single day, but new blooms are produced each day over a long period. By choosing the right varieties it is possible to have daylilies blooming throughout the summer as Lynne Cherot explains in her article which I found on her Sensible Gardening website.
Daylilies are the perfect perennial in many ways. Easy to grow, easy care and tough as nails. If they have a downfall it would be that each flower stays true to its name, and does just bloom for one day.?Most daylilies bloom early in the morning, lasting through the day to fold up and end in the late evening. How is it possible then to enjoy these beautiful flowers over a long period of time? Would you believe the entire summer!
First of all each daylily plant sends up? scapes throughout the flowering period. Scapes are leafless stalks which bear the flowers.?Each plant sends up one scape at a time but can send up several scapes over the blooming season. Most scapes have two or more branches. As well, the number of blooms on a single scape can be from 10 to a 100.
Add this to the fact that some daylilies bloom extra early in June, ?others bloom in mid summer and a ?selection do not bloom until late summer right on through into the fall.?Still other cultivars have been bred to re-bloom. Some re-bloomers flower early summer and then again in the fall, others bloom in short periods which follow shortly after each other. When you consider all of these attributes, careful planning and choosing of daylily cultivars will reward you with a very long season of daylily flowers in your garden.
It is always a bit of a thrill when the first daylilies start to bloom. This is especially true when you have added a few new cultivars to your collection and this is the year they will be blooming? for the first time. A short list of early blooming daylilies?would include Happy Returns, Flava, Always Afternoon, Spacecoast Fancy Dancer, Bertie Ferris, Bette Davis Eyes, Inherited Wealth, Fun Fling, Chasing Shadows and of course Stella De Oro.
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