The daylily is a popular perennial revered for its reliability, ease of growth and beauty. In mid to late summer, the tetraploid ‘Mexican Way’ offers big tangerine pink flowers with orange throats. They are day-blooming and rise from tall clumps of green strap-like leaves that become fully dormant in winter. If well cared for and regularly deadheaded, this daylily may rebloom.
Daylilies are clump-forming and spread slowly via rhizomes. The flowers have six tepals (showy petal-like sepals) that vary widely in size, shape and color. The blooms are commonly held in branched clusters on long leafless stems that stand above the foliage. Each flower opens only once before dying.
All daylilies are easy to grow if provided full to partial sun and average soil with good drainage. Deciduous daylilies are the hardiest and survive in the coldest reaches of their range; however they may struggle in areas with mild winters. Evergreen types grow well in all but the most tropical regions but require protection where winters are harsh and cold. Their clumps spread over time and may need to be divided every three to four years. After plants bloom, it is wise to shear back their foliage to allow for a fresh flush of growth.
Enjoy this tried and true ornamental in mixed beds and borders, containers and large mass plantings.
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Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Avoid excessive fertilizing as this will inhibit flower production. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Remove individual spent flowers daily and cut back flower stalks once all flowers have gone by. Divide plants every three to four years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Ligularia – The upright spikes of bright yellow flowers of ‘The Rocket’ ligularia add vertical accents to the more horizontal clumps of daylilies and blend particularly well with red, orange, and yellow cultivars.
Helenium – The yellow or coppery daisy flowers of helenium contrast well with trumpet-shape daylilies in a similar range of colors. Full-sun positions please both.
Yarrow – Yarrow has flattened flower heads in a wide range of colors from pastels to strong golds and yellow. The shape contrasts well with daylily flowers, and you can create interesting color combinations.