Daylilies are hardy, easy to grow and come in the colors of a sunset. Some are single blossomed others double. While each blossom lasts only for a day, one plant can throw out hundreds over the summer. Daylilies are easy for a novice gardener to propagate and create their own varieties. A border of daylilies is lovely but becomes even lovelier with other plants as companions or accents.
Crocus, daffodils and tulips all announce that spring is finally here. Most spring bulbs will bloom the following year only if their leaves are left to grow and eventually turn an unsightly yellow and die. The leaves provide energy to produce the next crop of blossoms. Daylily leaves start to sprout soon after spring bulbs have blossomed and hide the dying leaves from sight.
A standard, sometimes called topiary, is a plant with a long straight trunk that has a spherical mass of foliage and flowers at the top. Think of a tootsie roll pop. Rose standards look regal in a bed of daylilies in contrasting or complimentary colors. Since the leaves of the daylily can arch upward three feet the standard should have a trunk at least four feet tall so the rose blossoms won't be lost.
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Bushy, compact, mounding flowers set off a border of daylilies like a colorful necklace. Most daylilies are in shades of yellow, orange, gold, blush, reddish orange and pale lavender. Flowers that would go well with daylilies as a border would be in shades of yellow and gold like marigolds and nasturtiums. If white is preferred try alyssum or English daisies. A choice for a blue or purple border would be lobelia and pansies.
Daylilies originated as wild flowers. A mixed border of tall, wild flowers or flowers that look like they've gone wild is stunning. Choose flowers that are the same height, about three feet, if the flowers are large, such as daisies and zinnias or grow on spikes like snapdragons. Flowers that are taller should have smaller blossoms and feathery leaves like cosmos so the view of the daylilies won't be blocked. Use hollyhocks which grow to eight feet high and sunflowers which grow even taller sparingly.
It wouldn't seem that a wild flower like daylilies would work in a formal garden, but they do. Formal gardens rely on clipped hedges, often boxwood. The hedges border beds of flowers in geometric shapes like a rectangle or square. The spear shaped leaves of the daylilies contrast with the small leaves of the hedges and fill the beds with masses of flowers in the summer without the need to remove the spent blossoms.