Daylilies, part deux

A few days after I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t have any daylilies with a beautiful edge along its petals, I had a realization… My Facebook avatar is a daylily with a stunning edge! Sometimes those things we see every day go unseen. (Note to self: stop and look at the flowers…)

So off I went. To search all ten thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine photos on my iPhone to find that photo! So here it is – a daylily with an edge and Part Deux on Daylilies!

daylily with edge

A daylily is said to have an edge when it has a distinctly different color along the outer petal edges, as in the photograph above. (Please excuse me when I don’t identify a specific variety. I do not always update my garden records.)

daylily with edge2

The edge of a daylily may have both a distinctly different color and… Fringe, as in the above photograph. Notice that bit of concrete? This daylilly grows – thrives – along my driveway in full, all day sun!


Lord Jeff, in the above photograph, is a great example of a spider daylily, where the length of the petals are longer than their width. This daylily also has distinct coloring on the midribs of its petals.

Another spider daylily, below.


Even though daylily blooms last only a day, each flower stalk puts out an amazing number of blooms!

daylily with birdbath

Now… I would like to share my recent daylily order from Oakes Daylilies. While I have never mail ordered daylilies from another source, I feel confident in saying – Oakes has the best daylilies. Ever. When you see these babies, I am sure you will agree. It just can’t get any better than this.

This box…

daylily box


daylily box2

Now isn’t that a beautiful box of bareroot daylilies?!

daylily chicago star

Daylilies grow from rhizomes, and each daylily is bundled together and labeled.

daylily route 66

I soak each bundle in seaweed water for 15-30 minutes before planting and mulching.

Daylilies are an excellent addition to any perennial garden, as their colors and form compliment so many other flowers.

Lavender Blush daylily planted with bright pink winecups (callirhoe involucrata) and rose Comte de Chambord. (Photo is many years old, taken well before I lost this rose to RRD.)


A peach colored daylily with pink rainlilies and (again) our native winecups. (Rainlilies and daylilies are not related.)

daylily with rainlily

A daylily with echinacea, aka coneflower.

daylily with coneflower

A garden bed, after the rain… daylily, coneflower and crepe myrtle. (The crepe myrtle is from the new Black Diamond series and was newly planted when this photo was taken.)

daylily coneflower crepe

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