Garden with Grace

"I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some." ~H.Rappaport


Boom…..Bloom! Here come the Daylilies!

A few years ago, I had the bright idea that daylilies would be a good filler for the perennial gardens in the backyard. I thought they would fit nicely among the peony bushes, adding continuous color in the garden throughout July and August. What I didn’t know then, but will admit now, is that daylily collecting can become an obsession.

There’s something special about a flower that blooms for only one day.

During July, I walk through the garden each morning to find a new daylily that has appeared. It always seems like a miracle to find that another flower bloomed overnight. There are always more buds on each stem, ready to open the next day, bringing true delight to any gardener during the hottest and sometimes most oppressive days of the New England summer.

For such a spectacular flower, the daylily is not fussy at all. Thankfully, they stay practically pest-free and don’t need very much attention.

Some deadheading of the spent blooms and a dose of fertilizer and compost in the spring is all the T.L.C. that these flowers need. It’s important to note that while they are beautiful, we no longer grow Asian or Oriental varieties of lilies in the garden due to the problems with the Asian Lily Beetle.

The daylilies that I’m now obsessed over belong to a genus called Hemerocallis, derived from the Greek words Hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. Here are some of the spectacular daylilies currently in bloom in our Nashua, NH garden this week.

Garden paths lined by Stella d'Oro Daylilies.

Garden paths lined by Stella d’Oro Daylilies.


This beauty, called Wild Horses, was planted in spring 2013, but never bloomed until this summer. Definitely worth the wait!

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Not sure of the name, but these bright blooms bring a splash of color in between peony bushes and iris that bloomed in June.

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This is one of the first fancy daylilies that was added to the garden about 10 years ago. It’s called Strawberry Candy.

These Lemon daylilies are striking with the nearby Knockout roses.

These Lemon daylilies are striking with the nearby Knockout roses.

What are your favorite varieties of daylilies that I should consider adding to the garden? Please, comment and let me know!