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- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This early-flowering daylily produces masses of fragrant, bright custard-yellow, lily-like flowers which open in the late afternoon, and last for just one day. It looks wonderful planted in drifts in a sunny mixed or herbaceous border, or to appreciate its fragrance, plant it close to an entrance or path. The bright green, strap-like leaves are semi-evergreen in mild areas, and so can form large clumps of strap-like foliage that helps to suppress weeds and disguise the dying foliage of spring-flowering bulbs. Like most hemerocallis, it is robust and easy to grow, provided you follow the tips below.
- Garden care: The Greek term 'hemerocallis' means 'beautiful for a day', and daylilies need regular deadheading to prolong flowering and prevent their unsightly deadheads from dominating the scene. Each stem carries several flowers, so snap off each flower as it fades. When the stem has finished flowering, cut it down to the ground. After the plant has finished flowering altogether, pull out the dead leaves. When the foliage is looking tatty, cut it down to the ground and fresh new growth will appear. Lift and divide every three years in spring to keep the rhizomes vigorous and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Water frequently from spring until the buds appear.
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Q:i planted these in april and having just realised they should have flowered by now i have checked them out and found the tips of all the buds have been bitten off. any idea what may have done the damage and are we going to have to wait for next year to see more flowers?Asked on 15/7/2013 by AliP from windlesham
If the buds look like they have been eaten, then I suspect deer as these tend to be one of their favourites. I'm afraid though it is difficult to know if the plant will recover and send up more shoots though.Answered on 17/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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