Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are often confused with Lilies by beginning gardeners because the flowers look similar. Lilies are bulbs while daylilies are enlarged roots which can be divided for propagation. The individual flower on a daylily will last 1-2 days but many more flowers bloom in subsequent days to give constant bloom for 1-2 months in early summer.

Here are some photos of daylilies at Dawn Gardens:

Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’

Double Orange

Single Orange

Single Red

Single Purple

Single yellow

Example of one of the new crested varieties.

Fragrant Daylily (Hemerocallis flava)

The key to making daylilies look their best is periodic deadheading of the old flowers and clean up and pruning of the dead leaves. It is important to remove the old flower stalks and seed heads to encourage continued flowering. The above photo shows flowers and flower buds. The next photo shows seed capsules on the flowering stalks which should be removed.

Clean up of Daylilies while they are blooming by removing the dead stalks and leaves looks like this and takes about 3 hours.

At the end of the blooming period in August it takes about 4 hours to deadhead and cleanup the 200′ of daylilies.

Daylilies fall color in November

This is what daylilies look like in the winter. The lower photo is what they should look like after pruning back in January.

Is is good to plant Daffodils between the daylilies to give some color in the winter.

When the Daffodils are blooming in February you can hardly see the dormant Daylilies.

Here foxgloves are used to fill in the Daylily bed in May before the Daylilies bloom in June.

Here is a video of 200’ of Daylilies at Dawn Gardens at the end of June.

Orange daylilies next to Orange Rocket Barberry

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