What grows without too much trouble, looks beautiful and makes gardeners all over the world smile?
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Why Grow Day Lilies?
As I was telling you earlier, there are so many Day Lily cultivars, that I'm sure no one has seen them all in one place at one time. Why are there so many? Well I'd like to guess that it's partially due to the ease with which you can grow this plant. While it is originally from the Eurasian area, China, Korea and Japan, day lilies have found their way around the world and can grow in a variety of settings.
They can be large flowered with multiple petals, or large with singular petals. Some have stripes or rings, some are ruffled and others are not. Colors vary from the common orange, to dark reds, violets, pinks, yellows and everything in between.
Their root systems are so strong that they will get denser and denser as the years go by.
If you leave a clump of day lilies growing without any interference, it may take a pick ax to dig it out again. I tend to let mine grow for a year without disturbance, and then the next year, I will go in and remove some of the roots for planting elsewhere or sharing with friends and family.
The large strap shaped leaves look like a giant spider plant, until the spikes of flowers begin to show in mid-July. Then prepare yourself for some breath-taking beauty.
Some are scented and re-bloom later in the year as well, but not all of them. It's hard for any plant to be this beautiful and smell nice too! Whatever you don't get in scent is certainly made up for, by the depths of colors and intricacies in this plant.
Can I make some suggestions for your garden?
Do you want to learn more?
I only made one suggestion for your garden because I could not possibly choose the others for you.
Rather, I would suggest getting this book, for some really nice summer time reading and dreaming.
You will enjoy seeing the multitudes of day lilies within the pages and the descriptions of what makes each one "special". It will also open your eyes to at least 1700 different cultivars that are available.
This book will become bookmarked with your choices in colors and types of day lilies. Leave it out in the open for your children to see, so next time there is a gift giving opportunity, they will know at least one thing that you would love to have in your garden. If you are inclined you could even use some sticky notes to mark out your favorites.........Sneaky, right?
The New Encyclopedia of Daylilies: More Than 1700 Outstanding
I prefer to be this kind of sneaky and get something that I really want in my garden than to have my kids bring me cut flowers that will surely last only a few days. This way, your plants will come back year after year becoming more beautiful with the passing of time. They will be a living reminder of the gift given once and enjoyed ever after.
Just one word of caution, once you have one day lily in your garden, you will want more!
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