Hemerocallis (Day Lilies)

Hemerocallis grow in a wide range of soils and situations. Some authorities say that well-drained soil is best, but we have successfully grown them in our bog garden. For best results add lots of compost or well rotted manure at planting time, but if you can't (and, be honest, who ever has enough organic matter to add to planting holes?), they will grow well in most soils and in most sites but may not get as tall and have smaller or fewer flowers.

They love sun but will grow in fairly light shade - particularly the taller more vigorous cultivars. You can plant at most times of the year including midsummer. If you received newly divided plants in autumn or winter as bare root it might be best to pot them up and put them in the greenhouse or cold frame.

Give them between 1ft 6in and 2ft 6in space depending on size and vigour. Plant just with the crown at or just below the surface.

Growing Keep them well watered, avoiding wetting the flowers and buds if possible, mulch in late spring, remove dead foliage and feed with a balance fertiliser once a year.

Deadhead spent blooms: they turn into a soggy mess then dry smeared over the leaves and other buds. Beware that the deadheads can stain clothing and skin - these stains will normally come out with detergent. E

Day Lilies rarely need staking and even large heads of flowers and buds are self supporting. A few cultivars have very thin scapes (flower stems) that require some support.

Slugs and snails may be a short term problem on young foliage, but most plants shrug this off as they grow. 

Buds of early flowering varieties can be affected by Gall Midge. This is a tiny moth that lays its eggs on developing buds causing the buds to swell unnaturally. The maggots hatch and feed on the buds. Buds become swollen and round and eventually drop off. The best treatment is to pick off and dispose of infected buds. Spraying and winter soil drenches are possible treatments but we grow 1000's of plant and find removing the few infected buds at an early stage is the best treatment. Don't allow buds to fall on the ground as the maggots lay in the soil surface and then produce more adults 1 or 2 year later. Make sure you seal up the infected buds in a plastic bag and put it in your dustbin - don't drop them or compost them.

Hemerocallis Growing Guide: Simple instructions for planting, cultivating and caring for Daylilies

Hemerocallis Bright Spangles

A yellowish orange flowers held on the top of straight stems. From early June. About 2ft tall.

Price £5.00 (1lt)

Hemerocallis Crimson Pirate

One of older spider types with deep red flowers with a darker eye zone. About 2ft 6" - 3ft tall. Flowering from early July.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Dixie Stampede

Large flowers of good substance. Late season. Has performed well in garden in less than ideal conditiond!

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Dominic

Lovely British-bred variety with very weather-proof velvety, deep red blooms from late June onwards. This one blooms really well for us and usually repeats in September.

About 2ft tall.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Dragon's Eye

Neat, short, clumpy plants. Good sized pink flowers with intense deep crimson eye.

About 1ft tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Eggplant Escapade

Very Large flowered spider type with stunning greyish purple flowers with deeper purple eye zone and golden sunburst throat.

2ft 9in tall and flowering from late July.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Georgette Belden

Self-coloured daylilies are great for general garden use being easy to place amongst other plants - you only have one colour to match!.  Georgette Belden is one the best purple selfs because she is quite weather proof and has consistently performed well in the our garden.  Good perfume. About 2ft 6in tall in flower and in bloom from late June.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Highland Lord

large velvety red flowers. About 2ft 6in / 75cm tall.

Price £6.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Isolde

One of my favourites. Fairly early (from June) Large, purple flowers. A good mixer. About 2ft tall.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Jogolor

Spider variant with large red and yellow bicolor flowers. Does well in most conditions. About 2ft 9in tall. English-bred by Duncan Skein

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Lady Neva

Large spider flowers on shortish plants. Mid to late season. very limited stock

Price £6.00 (1.5lt)

Hemerocallis Little Business

Small / Miniature flowered and only 1ft tall. Mid Season flowering

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Marse Connell

Spider-petaled red flowers on 2ft 6in stems. Large golden throat. Blooms from early July right through August. 

A very vigorous and free flowering variety that does well in the border.

Price £5.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Miss Jessie

Lovely spider form with large, softly coloured flowers. A good doer

Price £6.00 (1lt pot)

Hemerocallis Mokan Butterfly

One of our favourites. Ivory white flowers with a purple and pink watermark centre. 1ft 6in / 45cm tall

Price £8.00 (1.5lt pot)

Hemerocallis Pigmy Plum

Short (1ft / 30cm) and fairly late to flower. Some scent. Large flowers.

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Pony

new to our catalogue

Long flowering period from Jul to September. Mid height (about 2ft 3in tall) and tolerant of poor soil

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Selma Longlegs

A tall (3ft / 90cm), Framboyant UFo (unusual form) flowering for such a long period from early-mid though to late season

Price £5.00 (9cm pot)

Hemerocallis Siloam Showgirl

Short and neat. Red red with black-red eyezone. Gorgeous

Price £8.00 (1.5lt pot)

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