The Daylily: Sending June Out in a Burst of Color

    This Daylily ('Hemerocallis') is one of the most colorful and popular perennials we sell here at Morrison's. It will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and is hardy from zones 3 through 7. While it does prefer full sun, it will still flower and grow in partial sun conditions. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types, once established the Daylilly is drought and heat tolerant.

    With extensive breeding over the last 20 years, we have a range of plants from 1 to 3 feet tall. We also have a wider spectrum of colors from old-fashioned oranges to yellow, reds and purples. Years ago, almost all varieties bloomed just once in the early summer but today, we have many re-bloomers that have a huge show of color in early summer then repeated scattered blooms until autumn.

    To speed up re-blooming, cut any spent flower stalks as they start producing seed heads. Optimal planting would be to plant in good loam with a pH of between 6.2 and 6.8 with the crowns covered with an inch of soil and lightly mulched. Make sure to keep your plants evenly moist until established. Feeding is done once in early spring as the leaves emerge from the ground. Our favorite fertilizer has been Espoma’s Plant Tone which is an organic balanced fertilizer.

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