Daylily: A Perennial Favorite

Written by Sherri Allen

Whenever a beginning flower gardener asks me what to plant, my answer is alwaysrepparttar same -- daylilies. Without a doubt, daylilies rank high amongrepparttar 148683 easiest, most adaptable plants forrepparttar 148684 flower garden. Daylilies will stand up to all butrepparttar 148685 most severe abuse and neglect, repeating their colorful show year after year.

Growing Habit: Like their name Hemerocallis ("beauty for a day") indicates,repparttar 148686 individual daylily flower lasts only one day. A single plant may produce over 50 flowers, however, extendingrepparttar 148687 blooming period of a plant for several weeks.

Daylilies produce a wide array of blooms. Some varieties provide single trumpet-shaped flowers. Others are double, ruffled, fringed or spiderlily-like. Bloom sizes among varieties range from 2 - 8 inches. Gardeners especially value daylilies for their wide range of colors, as there are varieties available in every color except blue. Some daylily blooms are a single color, but many are multi-colored.

Most daylilies have arching foliage that grows 18 to 24 inches tall. Some varieties have erect foliage, however. Some grow as low as 12 inches and others reach 3 feet. Leaf color ranges from pale green to dark green with a bluish cast.

Daylilies are perennial plants, with deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen varieties available.

Location: You can find daylily varieties for all U.S. zones, however, daylilies thrive in zones 4 - 9.

Although they are adaptable to most soils, daylilies do best in slightly acidic, moist soil that is high in organic matter and well drained. Excessively rich soils may result in increased foliage growth and decreased blooming.

Daylilies prefer full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Inrepparttar 148688 hotter regions, some light afternoon shade will protectrepparttar 148689 blooms of some daylily varieties from fading.

Although daylilies are drought-tolerant once established, consistent watering while they are budding and flowering will produce better-quality flowers. During hot weather, they should be watered at least weekly with 1/2 to 1 inch of water to encouragerepparttar 148690 best and longest-lasting show.

Propagation and Planting: When planting daylilies, whether divisions or newly-purchased plants, you should dig a hole slightly larger thanrepparttar 148691 roots to be surerepparttar 148692 roots are allowed to spread out. Make a small cone of soil inrepparttar 148693 center ofrepparttar 148694 hole and placerepparttar 148695 plant on top, fanningrepparttar 148696 roots outward and downward. Carefully workrepparttar 148697 soil in aroundrepparttar 148698 roots. The crown should be set not more than an inch or so belowrepparttar 148699 soil surface. Tall cultivars should be spaced 24 to 30 inches apart with smaller types 18 to 24 inches apart.

Daylilies are very easily propagated byrepparttar 148700 division of old clumps. You should divide clumps when they become overcrowded, usually every 4 to 6 years. For very vigorous cultivars, you may need to divide them more often. The best time for dividing old clumps and resetting divisions or new plants is from late summer to late autumn. You may also plant them inrepparttar 148701 very early spring, however this may result in decreased bloomingrepparttar 148702 first season.

The Importance Of Garden Decor

Written by Denny Soinski

The Quest for Significance

People are looking for ways to add significance, peace of mind, a quality experience, and to escape fromrepparttar “rat-race” in their lives. Stated differently, people want to add depth and meaning to their lives. One way to accomplish this, it is asserted, is to make or purchase decor for your garden.

Make Your Garden Unique

Garden decor, along with things related to gardens, provides a return to nature, a sense of spirituality, and a return torepparttar 148482 earth as people journey on their quest for significance and ultimate meaning. Moreover, throughrepparttar 148483 use of decorations, gardeners reveal their quirks and shortcomings, their wit, their creativity, and their desire to make their gardens unique.

Transform Your Life

Gardens and their ornaments are symbols of enchantment, mystery, meaning, and of ultimate being. Another way of looking at this is to see that gardens and garden accents providerepparttar 148484 power to transform one’s mood and one’s life. To be sure, garden accessories can become symbolic reminders of life’s blessings as they encourage people to enrich their surroundings by transcendingrepparttar 148485 mundane.

The Gardening Imagination

Garden ornaments help people take an active stance in their lives by enabling them to create a niche inrepparttar 148486 world that is in concert with their values and their dreams. Indeed, it is this “gardening imagination” that provides people withrepparttar 148487 opportunity to select meaningful objects that speak to their senses, to their experiences, and to their lives.

An Invitation to Add Garden Decor to Your Life

Websites that sell garden decor can be viewed as invitations to experiment and let your imaginations run free so that you can, with concerted effort or with amusement, chooserepparttar 148488 ornaments that you like—decorations that are in harmony with your highest aspirations and most dignified pursuits. With this in mind, look atrepparttar 148489 various products that are sold and select garden accessories that help elicit childhood fantasies. Examinerepparttar 148490 different garden accents and choose those that speak to your inner self.

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