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.