Daylilies, botanically known as hemerocallis, fill my July gardens with color and joy. The back gardens have a good twenty different varieties that bloom mid-summer. All the joyful colors make a happy garden. And, it’s not only the daylilies in bloom, but the hostas as well. Plus, you’ll notice the blue balloon flowers adding to the cresendo. Together it’s a party!
Thinking about this post, I’ve been noticing daylilies as I drive around. I realize that just plunking in daylilies doesn’t create an exuberant garden – especially if you line them up in a straight row along the lawn or drive. The key is not only the color combinations, but the foliage combinations. The foliage of hostas, viburnums, roses, peony, astible, ferns, and more create a background and a setting so the flowers show off. And, of course, there’s something else to bloom after the daylilies go by.
And, one doesn’t tend to notice as much the spent flowers from yesterday. Remember, daylilies only flower for one day. Multiple buds at the end of each stem bloom one at a time. A quick deadheading each morning makes it guest perfect. It’s a rewarding task as you really get to see the unique flower and petal shapes and details. Besides the amazing range of colors harmonizing together on the hot side of the color wheel, some flower have ruffles or double petals. Some are deep marone, mauvy pink, deep orange, cantalope, golden yellow, lemon yellow, and white to name a few.