Hemerocallis (Daylilies)

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I was first struck by the beauty and versatility of Daylilies about 6 years ago when I moved home to a Georgian estate worker's cottage. The 1/4 acre garden was so neglected that all that could be seen was a sea of thistles and nettles.

My hubby and I set about this 'forest' with wild abandon, sycthes in hand,  not even having the faintest hope that there could be any ornamental plants clinging on to life.........low and behold, there in amongst the weeds was a beautiful sight. There was what I recognised as Hemerocallis Fulva, a gorgeous and bright golden Daylily. We came to the conclusion that this genus of plants must be resiliant any situation. Because of this particular plant's 'courage against adversity' it has now become my all-time favourite.

You could say that I am not only a plantaholic but a Daylilyaholic! I have almost 100 varieties in the garden now and I am always finding room for more. Their colours are diverse and their blooms can be from dainty to blousy. They flower from June to September and have Lily-shaped. The foliage is Iris-like.

Daylilies will grow in any situation from sunny aspects to semi-shade; they aren't too fussy about soil providing it isn't conatantly waterlogged. They can survive even the cruelest of winters. My sister lives in North America where the temperature can drop to -35 and she has no problems at all getting her Daylilies to survive.

If you don't have any Daylilies in your garden then go out and buy at least one. No room in your borders? Then plant one in a patio container, it will look fabulous.

You will get hooked, I promise!



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