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Do daylilies come back every year?
Daylilies produce large, colorful flowers that will return year after year with minimal care—even in drought conditions. Here’s how to plant, grow, and care for daylilies in your garden, including end-of-season cleanup and dividing after blooming.
What is the difference between lilies and daylilies?
An easy way to differentiate between the two is to check out their leaves. The leaves of a daylily plant look like grass blades growing from a clump. On the other hand, lilies will have leaves growing the entire height of the central stem. They will appear as whorls or spirals.
What do daylily plants look like?
Daylilies have long, flat strap-shaped blades that grow in clumps from the crown of the plant, at the soil line. Daylilies grow from about one foot high up to four feet tall. Daylilies also grow from thick, tuberous roots that are easily divided. Most plants have multiple buds that will bloom over a period of time.
Do daylilies spread?
Daylilies quickly spread into larger clumps, and eventually they become so crowded that they do not bloom as well. You may want to divide your daylilies every few years, particularly if you notice fewer blooms.
Do daylilies need sun or shade?
Daylilies should be planted in full sun or partial shade that receives 4-6 hours of sun per day. Despite the preference of full sun, occasionally colorful daylily blooms can be found under the shade of tall trees. Wherever some shade is present, the daylily flowers will face away from it toward open sky.
Are daylilies a true lily?
Daylilies are not really “lilies.” In fact, they are quite different. As you know, true lilies grow on tall stems with flowers at the top. Daylily flower stems (called “scapes”) are generally much shorter, and grow from a fountain of grass-like foliage at ground level.
Why is it called a daylily?
Daylilies are perennial plants, whose name alludes to its flowers, which typically last about a day. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same scape the next day. Some species are night-blooming.
Where should I plant daylilies in my garden?
Daylilies flower best when planted in full sun (6 hours/day), on moist, yet well-drained soil. In hot climates, dark-colored cultivars should receive some afternoon shade to help them retain their flower color. When planted in the correct location, daylilies will flower for years with little care.
Why are daylilies so expensive?
Quite simply, it usually boils down to supply and demand. Daylilies that are scarce and in high demand tend to be more expensive. Newly registered or released plants tend to cost more because the hybridizer is trying to recoup some of the expense of developing a new cultivar.
Do daylilies only bloom once?
One of the most versatile and hardiest of perennials, daylilies (Hemerocallis) are a highlight of the summer garden. Although individual flowers come and go daily, plants can keep on producing new ones for up to four to five weeks. Traditionally, daylilies bloom from late June through July.