Hemerocallis are commonly known as daylilies as their individual flowers last only one day.
These exotic flowers are ideal for sunny borders and the foliage is often evergreen in milder locations. There are thousands to choose from in a range of colours, from white through yellow to deep red and burgundy. Hemerocallis are easy to grow, produce blooms for weeks on end, that make good cut flowers as well as being attractive to native insects, particularly hoverflies and ladybirds. And, if you’re willing to try, some hemerocallis varieties are considered to be an edible delicacy – fried or added to salads.
Get the know-how you need to grow dazzling daylilies, below.
Where to grow hemerocallis
For best results grow hemerocallis in fertile well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Daylilies like a little moisture, so add plenty of organic matter when planting. Monty Don shows how to plant daylilies.
Here Carol Klein explains how to lift and divide hemerocalis:
Hemerocallis are relatively trouble-free to grow. New shoots are susceptible to slugs and snails and gall midge can affect early-flowering varieties
Caring for hemerocallis
Keep hemerocallis plants well watered during dry spells. You can deadhead spent flowers, but the seedpods are attractive in their own right. Cut flowering stems back at the end of the summer. Established clumps can be reinvigorated by dividing every three to five years.
Hemerocallis varieties to grow
- ‘Lenox’ – with delicate, cream-white flowers with a maroon ‘eye’ and pale green-yellow throat. The blooms appear early in the morning
- ‘Night Beacon’ – produces purplish-pink flowers with a yellow throat from June to September
- ‘Always Afternoon’ – produces masses of purple-pink flowers with a yellow throat from June to September. Its foliage is evergreen in milder regions and makes the perfect foil for spring bulbs
- ‘Chicago Apache’ – bears masses of red, lily-like flowers with a yellow throat, from June to August
- ‘Piano Man’ – produces fragrant cream flowers with a plum-coloured eye and green throat in abundance
- Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus – a fragrant, yellow-flowered species with attractive grassy foliage, flowering in June