The daylily is considered a perfect perennial. With very little care, this flower rewards you with extraordinary blooms. The plant is called a daylily because each flower lasts only one day. However, there are many buds on each stalk and many stalks on each clump, so you will enjoy the daylily blooms for several weeks. There are many colors of daylilies due to the many hybrids that have been created.
One of the most well-known daylilies is the tiger lily. Sometimes this orange flower is confused with the oriental tiger lily, which is grown from a bulb. The common tiger lily propagates through a tuberous root. Sometimes it is called a wildflower, because it is often found in ditches along roadways. You can dig up the tubers, separate them and replant some in your yard. They will propagate, creating thicker clumps every year. The plants don't mind crowding, so you don't have to thin them. Tiger lilies usually bloom from June to mid-August and will grow in almost any area of the U.S. The tiger lily prefers damp soil, but isn't fussy about the type of soil. Insects and diseases do not bother this lily, but snails and slugs like them. Hybrids come in white, red, pink and yellow.
This lily's exquisite lavender to pale pink pedals are ruffled on the edges and surround a deep throat of yellow-green. The plant will reach a height of up to 30 inches. The petals may be 4½ inches wide. It is pest and deer resistant, and has a pleasant fragrance. It grows best in hardiness zones 3 through 9. The Catherine Woodbury prefers well-drained soil. If you have clay soil, add compost and a bit of sand to it, but this daylily adapts well to most soils. Plant it in a sunny or mostly sunny location.
For an exquisite sight in your garden, choose Strawberry Candy daylily. It has light pink, ruffled petals with an eye of a deep strawberry hue. The flower can grow to 4½ inches wide, and the plant can reach 2 feet high. It usually blooms from May through the end of July. It also likes well-drained, sandy soil, but will adapt to alternate soil conditions. It is deer and pest resistant. It grows best in hardiness zones 4 through 9 in full sun or partial shade. This is a great addition to a butterfly garden and will also attract hummingbirds. As with other daylilies, Strawberry Candy is hardy and requires little care.
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