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“The Perfect Perennial,” the Daylily

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Native to Asia, the daylily was introduced and hybridized in the United States in the 1930’s. The daylily has often been termed “the perfect perennial” due to is resistant and attractive flower blooms. Although similar to other varieties of lilies, they are not considered “true lilies.” Daylilies are apart of the genus Hemerocallis meaning “day beauty” in Greek. Available in a variety of colors, shades, and combinations, daylilies are a vibrant addition to your outdoor living space. Daylilies adapt to a multitude of climates, soil types, and sunlight requirements and are ideal for all planting beds. Drought tolerant and low maintenance, daylilies are a staple of the American landscape.

The Basics:

Daylilies bloom spring through fall, dependent on the variety. Several species are termed “rebloomers,” flowering twice for the same stem in a single season. The months of March and April are ideal to plant a new daylily. Furthermore, existing daylily plants may be split or transferred in springtime. When deciding which location to plant your new perennials consider its most suitable environment. Daylilies prefer 6 hours of direct sunlight but thrive in partial shade, as well. Additionally, caring for your daylilies requires little maintenance. Daylilies are hardy and do not need daily watering. When watering, however, seep the water deep so that it reaches the plant’s bulb. Annual fertilization of daylilies is encouraged. Avoid insecticides, these plants are fairly resilient to pest and insect attacks.

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