These beautiful, noble plants are not for nothing Association of German perennial gardeners appointed perennial of the year 2018. Daylilies, also called hemerocallis, are perennial, hardy onion plants that turn gardens and parks into fairy-tale oases in summer. The beguiling, slightly sweet scent of lilies is unmistakable and invites you to dream and linger. Fortunately, there are already hundreds of varieties of these magnificent perennials in the trade and they all boast of beautiful flowers and heavenly flavors. So, if you still do not have daylilies in your own garden, you should make up for this mistake next year. And if you have already planted the magnificent Hemerocallis, then in the next few lines you can learn more about the care, propagation and their natural enemies.
Perennial of the Year 2018: The beautiful daylilies
Daylilies (Hemerocallis) – worth knowing and care tips
Hemerocallis are perennial bulbous plants that are planted as early as February-March. They love loosened, nutrient-rich soil and a sunny location that is moderately moist. The rule of thumb when planting onions of daylilies is: put three times as deep in the soil as the onion is high!
The first shoots show up in spring. The hybrid varieties are the first, then follow the others. The lilies have smooth, sturdy stems and elongated, glossy green leaves. In a few weeks from the buds, the first flowers (flowering is from May to July). The flower stems are either opposite or rosette-like at the top of the stem. The flowers themselves look stunningly beautiful and have a particularly delicate and somewhat complicated structure and almost always emanate this beguiling scent, after which everyone is crazy.
Fabulous flowers in a variety of colors and shapes
Daylily Enemy Number 1: The lily chickens
These red beetles, which look rather exotic, are unfortunately already present in this country. They specialize in daylilies and are still called lily beetles. The lily chickens lay their larvae on the lower side of the lily leaves. These are then relatively quickly to new beetles. Therefore, you can minimize the stocks in April by collecting the freshly laid larvae. You can even rinse them with the strong water jet of the garden hose. Fortunately, natural enemies of the lily beetles are abundant. These are mainly parasitic wasps, which use their own eggs in the larvae of the lily beetle, but also the common wasp, which ensures the minimization of the beetle plague. This feeds their larvae in large quantities. Some ground beetles, some bird species as well as hedgehogs and shrews eat up all the red beetles and larvae.
Maintain your daylilies with love and they will thank you with an extra dose of flower power
Take a look at all the details and pictures from our article in peace and let yourself be inspired by the exotic beauty of daylilies.
The Freshideen-Redaktion wishes you a lot of fun and a wonderful floral summer!
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And an extra helping of daylilies inspiration…
Daylilies Hemerocallis”Janet and Bill”
Gentle Hemerocallis”Janice Brown”
Hemerocallis variety”Purple Passage”
The delicate flowers of daylilies”Rosy Returns”
The glowing flowers of”Ruby Spider”
Unique beauty in pink -“Siloam Double Classic”
The magnificent”Stella de Oro”
“Always afternoon”in beautiful violet
The irresistible”Charles Johnston”
The crimson hemerocallis”Dominic”
Soft pink and delicate ruffles -“Siloam Merle Kent”
With such a rich selection you are quickly spoiled for choice
Find your own daylily darlings and enjoy their flowers all summer long!