Seaside Daylily
Seaside Daylily Farm
Organic Daylilies, Freshly Dug
from our Farm on Martha's Vineyard
daylilies in cream shades bright yellow daylily varieties gold orange daylily varieties peach colored daylilies deep pink daylilies daylilies in shades of lavender purple daylily varieties wine red daylilies red daylilies
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Planning Your New Daylily Garden

Daylilies have frequently been called the perfect perennial because they are hardy, easy to grow, drought tolerant, and rarely bothered by insects or diseases. They also come in a full range of colors, shapes, sizes, heights, and bloom times.

Daylilies can be used beautifully as a formal mass planting of all one type, as part of a mixed border with other perennials, or as a mixed daylily bed of different varieties selected to bloom at different times. We find that limiting your selection to a few different varieties in each area gives a more calming effect, while mixing lots of different colors together looks more exciting. For a very natural look, select one type, and repeat clusters of them scattered around your yard.

Daylily garden in bloom
newly planted September

next summer in bloom

Location and Spacing

Choose any location with at least a half day of sunlight and good drainage. If starting a new garden area, your soil will need conditioning with composted manure, or your own compost. Improving the soil is a good investment for more flowers next summer. Lime is useful if your soil is naturally very acidic. Complete planting instructions are included with each order.

Daylilies are generally spaced 18-24" apart. The new garden (left upper photo) was planted in early September, at 24" spacing. The same garden (left lower photo) was blooming and looked almost full the following July. Our plants are large, and daylilies are a vigorous plant in good conditions. If planted closer than 18" apart, they may need to be divided in a few years. For the look of established clumps without waiting, try putting 3 plants of one variety together as a big cluster, with 2-3 ft. between clusters.

Simple Care of Daylilies

Once your new daylilies have settled in, they require very little to produce colorful blooms. Spread organic fertilizer, compost, or dehydrated manure around the daylilies each spring, as foliage growth is beginning.

During any summer dry spells, water deeply once a week. Extra water during bloom season will encourage rebloom. Deadheading old blossoms is an enjoyable task that makes the flowers look nice, but is not necessary for the plants. Clean out old foliage after daylilies go dormant, in either late fall or early spring.

You may decide to spread an organic mulch around daylilies to suppress weeds and keep the soil moist. It will eventually add both nutrients and humus to the soil as it breaks down. Don't pile a thick, heavy mulch directly on top of the daylilies, as they need to breathe. Winter protection is not needed.

Daylilies may be divided every 5 years or so, if they become crowded, or may be left for decades to flourish with little care. If a plant is growing happily, blooming well, and does not look overcrowded in the garden, then leave it. If a clump is very crowded by plants next to it, has a donut shape with no foliage in the middle, and has fewer blooms than it did in previous years, then it's time to divide.

mary tending the daylilies

Wendy tending the daylilies
Mary and Laura in the garden
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