Perennial of the Week-Daylily

Is the Daylily the perfect perennial for your garden?

Have you ever had to really wonder if the perennials, that look so wonderful at your local garden center, would actually grow in your yard once you got them home? We are prone to buy blooming flowers on impulse and then figure out where we are going to plant them after getting them home.  One perennial that doesn’t take a lot of thought about having the perfect growing spot is the Daylily (Hemerocallis).

Hemerocallis comes from two Greek words meaning “beautiful” and “day”. For a daylily is true to its name in that that a bloom will only last one day.  However there are usually several blooms on each stem and several stems to a plant allowing for a long blooming period of time.

Daylilies are quite adaptable to many if not all growing conditions.  They can grow in drought conditions and also along the ditch bank or waterway.  They will grow in full sunlight, which is best, but then you can get them to grow in partial shade.

I remember one customer of mine, who would come into the greenhouse, looking specifically for new and interesting daylilies that we might have gotten in to sell.  She asked me to also keep a lookout for the unique and unusual. Diane had developed a daylily garden in her yard and at that time she had over twenty different varieties of daylily in this specific garden, with many more planted throughout her whole yard.

You can find varieties that bloom early in the season, and then they are done and will then only offer green foliage for the rest of the year. However there are varieties that will bloom mid-season, late, multiple times.  There truly is a daylily out there to suit your wants and desires.

There are more than the traditional yellow and oranges to choose from: you can have pinks, reds, maroons, purples, chiffons, almost any color that you want. According to The American Hemerocallis Society, you can purchase daylilies anywhere from $3 to over $500.  It just depends on what you want.

Don’t let diploids and tetraploids or scapes confuse you. If you see a daylily that you like, buy it and take it home and plant it.  However you might find out some of the basic information if you need; but for the most part plant it and enjoy it.  Daylilies might just be the perfect perennial for your garden.

How many daylilies do you have in your garden?

A Little Gardening Inspiration

If you are currently under a lot of snow, then you might feel that gardening season is never going to come.  But it really is just around the corner.  There are all sorts of wonderful things going on beneath the snow as the ground is preparing itself for Spring.

To help inspire you and bring a little sunshine to your day, we thought you might enjoy the following video that is filled with flowers that are to come.  It really makes your fingers itch to get into the dirt and have some fun. We hope it brings a smile to your face and a lightness to your heart that Spring really is closer than it looks right now.

Planting a Hanging Basket

Photo Provided by Ulga

Photo Provided by Ulga

In mid to late spring, home improvement stores, garden centers, and even grocery stores come alive with beautiful displays of hanging baskets. Hanging baskets full of brilliant blossoms add character to any front porch. Perhaps you would like to purchase one but, these baskets seem too pricy. Or, the price isn’t so bad but the plastic basket the plant comes in is atrocious. You can solve these problems by making your own hanging basket. The added bonus to this is that you can place whatever plants you like in your home made basket.

1. First you must choose your basket. You can find various styles to choose from at your local garden center. Liners are next. There are several different types of liners to choose from:

Natural Liners
• Moss
• Coir fiber
• Wool
• Conifer clippings

Other Liners
• Pre-molded, Biodegradable
• Plastic
• Foam
• Coir Matting

2. Next choose your soil. It’s important to make sure water can drain through the soil mix. For hanging baskets use a lightweight mix that is based on peat, coir, or bark instead of soil. This will allow the water to be retained without water logging the soil.
3. You are ready to plant. It is helpful to rest the basket on the rim of a bucket while working with it. Place the liner in the basket and the soil half-way up the basket.
4. Plant plants that trail a along the sides of the basket first. This will allow them to dangle down the side of the basket. You can poke holes in the liner and gently send the roots of the plant through or go the other way and gently pull the top growth out of the liner. Cover the roots with soil.
5. Cover the roots of the side plants and then place a large plant in the middle of the basket, pressing it firmly into the soil. Fill the space around this large focal plant with smaller complimenting flowers.
6. Water the basket and then let it drain. Make sure the chains that suspend the basket are strong enough to hold it then get the plants used to the outdoors gradually.

Some helpful tips to keep that basket looking gorgeous are:
• Keep the soil moist. Water it when needed.
• Four weeks after planting, start regular liquid feedings unless you used a slow release soil mix.
• Remove faded or dead flowers right away. This will allow more flowers.
• If going on vacation, bring your baskets down and group them together in a slightly shaded area.

Creating your own flowering hanging basket is not as difficult as it would seem. You’ll feel great when you step back and see what you’ve done, plus it’s great to be able to make your own flower choices instead of purchasing someone else’s. What are some of your favorite plant combinations for hanging baskets?