When dreaming of our gardens under the gray skies of January, we tend to concentrate on the visual. Least we forget the other senses of sound, scent, texture and taste. Daylilies are not just pretty faces, many also release flower scent as intoxicating perfumes. To make the most of their fragrance scented plants should be planted in bold clumps for an effective five senses gaarden.
A few fragrant garden plants of daylily cultivars are Beautiful Edgings,Catherine Woodbery,Ebony Pools,Flava,Hayfield Heaven,Hayfield Honey, Hyperion,Islesworth,Joyous Wonder,Lavender Blue Baby,Snowy Sensation,Spirit Of Life, Stargate Portal and Stella De Oro.
Asian cultures have been enjoying daylilies for centuries in soups and salads. Asian food stores offer daylily flowers and buds which contain protein and vitamins A and C. You might be interested in reading “The Delightful Delicious Daylily” by Peter Gail.
“Don’t wear perfume in the garden unless you want to be pollinated by bees” – A. Raver
The texture of flowers is also important. Waxy textured flowers are fascinating to touch and give the garden an exotic feel. Daylilies fall into this category. To feel the rich velvety tapestry of their petals is a delight, so indulge. Gentle caressing will not harm them.
To enjoy the background sounds of bees and birds garden organically. Give up on chemicals and let your garden reach its own balance of pest and predator. As daylilies have so very few pests or diseases, they are a great asset to a natural garden. No garden is complete without the sounds of nature.