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Daylilies for Fall

If your are looking for plants to add flower power to your fall garden look no further than daylilies.  The peak season for daylily hemerocallis blooms is in July and early August but a surprising number of daylilly cultivars bloom in the fall.

Daylily 'Jersey Spider' / Sensible Gardening and Living

Daylily ‘Jersey Spider’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

There are reblooming daylilies, having their main flush of blooms in July  and a scattering again later. Unfortunately for gardeners in the North our warm season is not long enough for many of these repeat blooming daylilies to have time to produce a second set of buds. There are a few that do such as Stella de Oro, Miss Victoria, Ruby Stella and Pardon Me but the selection of cultivars is quite limited for zones 5 and colder. There are however a large selection of Late blooming daylilies to Very Late blooming daylilies that start blooming in September and follow through almost to frost. These are the daylilies I think are worth their weight in gold for the fall garden.

Many northern hybridizers are concentrating on these daylilies and are getting great results. The selection for northern gardeners has increased greatly over the last few years and we can expect many more to follow. One such Canadian hybridizer is Lorraine-Lycette from southern Ontario. He has registered many wonderful late blooming daylilies for zones 4 and lower.

There are many cultivars to choose from but here are a few I find to be reliable for fall blooming.

Mohican Chief - registered by Whatley in 1993. Height 26 inches and bloom size 5.5 inches. Tetraploid with orange tinted red bloom and bright yellow throat. Zone 3

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Daylily ‘Mohican Chief’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Solar Energy  – registered by Lorraine-Lycette in 2004. Height is 26 inches and bloom size is 6 inches. A tetraploid, dormant with orange-gold petals above a green throat.

Personal Hero – registered by Lorraine-Lycette in 2005. Height 36 inches and bloom size 6 inches. A tetraploid, dormant with purple-burgundy bloom and lavender watermark above chartreuse throat.

Canyonridge Pumpkin – one of my farm seedlings. Height 24 inches and bloom size 5.5 inches. Tetraploid, peachy cream with yellow green throat and ruffled gold edge.Zone 4.

 

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Daylily Canyonridge Pumpkin / Sensible Gardening and Living

Remember when you are planting and placing out daylilies that they prefer organic rich soil and sunshine. They will always grow in less but to reach their full potential supply them with fertilie soil, at least 6 hours of sunlight per day and ample water. They’ll do the rest.

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Timing Your Daylily Blooms

As the name Daylily suggests, each daylily bloom lasts for one day. Most daylilies bloom early in the morning, lasting through to the evening. How is it possible then to enjoy these beautiful flowers over a long period of time?  First of all each daylily plant sends up  scapes throughout the flowering period. Scapes are leafless stalks which bear the flowers. Each plant sends up one scape at a time but can send up several scapes over the blooming season.

Daylily 'Heavenly Curls' / Sensible Gardening and Living

Daylily ‘Heavenly Curls’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Most scapes have two or more branches. As well, the number of blooms on a single scape can be from 10 to a 100.  Add this to the fact that some daylilies bloom extra early in June, then right on through to extra late into the fall, while some daylilies also re-bloom.  Some bloom early then again in the fall, others bloom in short periods which follow shortly after each other. When you consider all of these attributes, careful planning and choosing of daylily cultivars will reward you with a very long season of daylily flowers in your garden. It is always a bit of a thrill when the first daylilies start to bloom. This is especially true when you have added a few new cultivars to your collection and this is the year they will be blooming for the first time.

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Daylily ‘Always Afternoon’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

A short list of early bloomers would include happy Returns, Flava, Always Afternoon,Spacecoast fancy dancer Fun Fling and of course Stella De Oro. Late blooming daylilies might include Joyous Wonder, Spirit of Life, North Wind dancer, May May, Final Touch and Chicago Apache.

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Daylily ‘Spirit of Life’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

Repeat blooming daylilies are a little trickier for northern gardeners. Many of the daylilies from the south are classified as re-bloomers, however our northern growing season is usually too short for these plants to complete the second cycle.  Often we are disappointed to discover that our re-bloomer does not perform.  Many hybridizers are working on northern re-bloom, the leader being Darrel Apps. It is most likely just a matter of time. In the meantime a few we can count on are Stella De Oro, Happy Returns and Pardon Me. Is there such a thing as continuous blooming daylilies that bloom all summer? Unfortunately at this time there is not, but you never know what the future may bring.

A few great daylilies hybridized by Darrel Apps are Final Touch, Big Time Happy, Happy Returns, Bridgeton Invention and Pardon Me.

 

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