Not Your Grandma’s Daylilies
Daylilies are not your grandmother’s yellow and orange summer flowers growing out by the mailbox anymore. The genus Hemerocallis, “beauty for a day” (Daylilies), has gone through tremendous hybridization in the past ten years. Many of the daylily species produced for today’s gardeners have been manipulated to produce a full array of colors, larger bloom size and a more vigorous plant. Most of these new hybrids are also repeat bloomers or re-bloomers – meaning they will continually shoot up scapes (flower stalks) with multiple buds over several months during the summer.
Daylilies are one of the most versatile perennials for the landscape. They are very drought tolerant once established and can handle the scorching full sun in the summer and survive our cold Virginia winters as well. By removing the dead flowers and cutting back the scapes on your daylilies, you will promote new growth and new blooms throughout the season.