Last fall, I decided that I wanted to give it a try to grow daylilies in my garden. With partial sun/shade throughout, these hardy flowers might be just the ticket for flower-drama without much high maintenance demands. I ordered several species online, and picked up a couple locally, and crossed my fingers. Advised by everyone in the know, I only purchased Evergreen varieties, which withstand the heat better than dormant varieties.
It seems to be working so far! Today I counted 16 new flowers, of over 7 different species. And many species still have buds that I haven’t seen yet. Recently, I had the chance to visit a daylily garden in North Austin, that contained over 800 varieties of daylilies (I can’t imagine keeping those straight). While it was gorgeous to witness, the most exciting thing I learned from the visit was observing the amount of shade the grower had in his yard, and how well his plants were doing. I believe I might have chosen the right plant for flowering in my back yard.
By far the most prolific in my garden so far has been Byzantine Beauty, a huge flower almost 6″ across when unfolded. Below, it begins to open after the lovely rain (yes, real rain!) the other day.
These less-than-one-year-old plants still have plenty of buds to go.
While a slightly smaller flower, Beyond Riches (below) has gorgeous dusty coloration that works well with Byzantine Beauty. It is slightly less prolific, but perhaps it gets a bit less sun where it is planted. As much as I like this flower, I believe I’ll move it in the fall.
In a different bed, Mango Mango is sometimes a double-flower Daylily and sometimes not.
After it bloomed, I realized the color of Mango Mango goes perfectly with my Souvenir de Bonn Abutilon, and once it is finished flowering, it will get moved closer to her in the fall.
A new purchase from the daylily garden I visited, this Chevron Spider isn’t planted yet but still puts on a show. Its coloring will complement the new Marilyn’s Choice Abutilon that hasn’t begun to flower. They will be planted together also.
Another spider species, Heavenly Breezes hasn’t flowered extensively, but I enjoy the few blooms it has had so far. Again, it is in more shade and probably would like a bit more sun. This plant probably gets less than 2 hours of sun a day, so the fact that it blooms at all is amazing.
And I’m not sure why (It must have made sense at the time), but I bought more of Princess Ellen than any other variety. While beautiful, I could have mixed it up a bit more. Since it is very prolific and happy, I’ll be moving some of the plants to surround the Pink Sunburst Canna. The warm pinks of the two will work nicely together.
A view of the bed; again, this bed was created only last fall, so I’m very pleased with the amount of blooms I’m getting on such young plants.
In the front yard, with only slightly more sun, these two dwarf (less than 18″) daylilies were purchased locally at Natural Gardener.
These two are planted together and complement my purple and yellow color scheme in the front of the house.
I still have several species left to open. Many of you wanted to know how my varieties were going to work out, so keep watching and I’ll let you know as they show up. Thanks for visiting. To those in Chicago today for Spring Fling, have fun and take many pictures!
I leave you with one last look at Byzantine Beauty.