Daylily season may be nearly over, but my daylily sickness rages on. Every year, I do at least one post on the daylily magic that happens here each June.
Daylily season is nearly over.
Although we are past peak, there are a few late daylilies still flowering. I always know the season is winding down when H. ‘Laura Harwood’ and H. ‘Peach Treat’ begin blooming.
I took some of these photos on a cloudy day last week. We’ve had plenty of those this spring. Others I took this morning as I went about deadheading. I still fill a five-gallon bucket halfway with spent blooms which go right to the compost pile.
Daylily sickness has no cure.
My daylily sickness has no cure, but treatment is expensive. Once daylily season begins winding down, I nearly always pop over to the Lily Auction and buy a few cultivars. Here’s what I bought this morning.
- WINDHAM WILD CHILD (Matzek, P. 2018)
- MOUNT EAGLE ( Murphy 2021)
- CARTER MOUNTAIN (Reed 2021)
- PATRIOTISM (Murphy, 2018)
- RED FLAMBE (Murphy-J.P., 2020)
I’m a big fan of Margo Reed and Jim Murphy’s cultivars at Woodhenge Gardens. If you went and searched for these daylilies on the American Hemerocallis Society’s daylily database–the official registration database–you’d find that all of these new purchases are UF (Unusual Form) daylilies. I’ve been on a UF kick for a while. I like the way they twist and turn in our abundant sunlight. I especially like cascading UFs because they have curls. I’m not as big a fan of the pinched crispate UFs, but I have some like H. ‘Small World Area 51’, H. ‘Webster’s Pink Wonder’ and H. ‘Chief Four Fingers.’
I don’t have photos of my new daylily prescriptions, ‘er cultivars, yet, but you can search for them online if you want. Below are some of my UF daylilies blooming now. They look so great in photos and in the garden. People always comment on them when they come visit. [Click on the images in the gallery to see them full-sized.]
I also like other daylily forms. To learn more about daylily forms, here I am speaking with Casey Hentges, host of Oklahoma Gardening on our local PBS station, OETA. They also upload all of their shows on YouTube.
Too hot to plant until Fall
Right now, it’s too hot to plant daylilies so don’t be tempted. One year, early in my daylily sickness, I couldn’t resist, and I had to place children’s umbrellas all over the garden to keep my daylily plants cool. It was pretty funny, but when it’s this hot, daylily roots will rot. They also rot when it rains as much as it did this spring. I am seeing a lot of rebloom on plants that didn’t rot though. That’s also due to the water which fell from the sky. There is nothing like rain for a garden.
Daylilies other than UFs
In the gallery below are some of my other daylilies blooming this year. I have over 200 plants, but that’s not considered a lot by most daylily afficianados. I just mix in my daylilies with the rest of the perennials and shrubs because once daylilies are finished for the season, they take a backseat to everything else.
Better and bigger blooms?
To get better blooms on your daylily plants, here are my four B’s to daylily garden zen. It’s simply bud count, branching, bloom time and rebloom. Oh, and use drip irrigation if you live in the south. If you like the darker, brooding cultivars, I would encourage you to come over to daylily’s dark side. I know I have in years past. I also posted about this on Instagram a week or so ago.
If you’d like to listen, Carol Michel and I have a new podcast episode for you. It’s great to listen to while out weeding. We drop our episodes on Wednesdays each week. This week we went down a few rabbit holes. Hope you stop in to listen.
Well, that’s it for this week’s daylily adventure. Now, it’s on to the phlox, monarda, echinacea and other summer flowers. See you soon.
Robin Leja says
As I’ve probably said before, I am mostly immune from the daylily sickness. But people like you have been posting such beauties that I’m weakening. What if I broke down and got just one, a really special one? Which would you recommend for zone 6 Ohio? Bonus points if it’s in shades of peach or salmon. Feel free to Facebook message me if you have any thoughts for me. Thanks!
Dee Nash says
Hey Robin, I’ll be glad to message you too. I really love Missouri Morning Melody, and I love Memphis. Both are that classic peachy/pink coloration. So pretty especially on cloudy days. ~~Dee
Rochelle Miller says
Loved your Oklahoma Gardening segment on daylilies!
Dee Nash says
Hi Rochelle, thank you very much. We’re doing three other segments which will be interesting I hope. 🙂
Linda Brazill says
Mine are getting shaded out. I got into the dwarf varieties when I had a small garden and I still love them. I’m down to only about 6 or so. Giving them away to friends with sunny gardens.
Dee Nash says
Hey Linda, yeah, the one thing they really can’t take is shade. I do love several of the miniatures too. I have probably five or six, but I’ve noticed they get crowded out more easily than their bigger cousins. I guess that would make sense. It’s sweet to give away plants to friends. Keeps us in their gardening memories. ~~Dee
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening says
Here, daylily season is just getting started. We may a few early ones the last week in June, buy daylilies are July plants and depending on the weather and variety, go into August. And I’ve never heard anyone say they had daylilies rot in the heat. Climate sure does affect how and when plants grow.
Dee Nash says
Hi Kathy, our garden seasons are so different. Only daylilies that are first planted here rot in the heat. My understanding is they have such shallow roots that the hot surface of the soil just melts them. Even mulch doesn’t help that much. It’s just better here to plant them in April and September. Climate is such a factor in gardens. I remember going to Minneapolis and seeing everything blooming at once. My season is staggered and long. Have a great weekend!~~Dee