HEMEROCALLIS. (Liliaceae). One of the great joys of spring is the wavy, fresh green tips of Hemerocallis leaves, poking through the snow along with snowdrops and the blood red tips of Peonies. In summer their deep-throated flowers make voluptuous ‘v’ signs towards the phalanxes of Kniphofias and erect knobs of Agapanthus.. The modern Hemerocallis cultivars with their ruffles, eyezones, banding and edges, (camp and gorgeous as if snipped out of velvet and silk by John Galliano) are fit to strut the cat walk. At Woottens our special love is the new American Spider and Unusual Forms. We feel these deconstructed plants are ideal for using in the mixed border with the more wayward of late summer beauties: Aster laterifolius Lady in Black, Helianthus salicifolius, Molionias, Veronicastrums…
Plants are lifted all the year round. 10 working days must be allowed for lifting and splitting. If a plant has a 2litre pot listing this can be despatched all year round within 4 working days.
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Hemerocallis Care Notes
SOIL. In my dry, arid garden, where real lilies, such as L. regalia, linger miserably and reproachfully for a year or so, and then expire from malnutrition and thirst Hemerocallis thrive without fuss. They are the easiest of garden plants and will grow happily in any soil, from barren, heath-land sand to heavy clay.
WATER. Hemerocallis will never succumb to drought. Watering is unnecessary, although some moisture in summer will help prolong the flowering season.
SUN. Most Hemerocallis thrive in positions of full sun, although dark red varieties should be shielded from the afternoon glare as this can literally melt the upper layers of pigment. All Hemerocallis do best in positions, which receive at least morning sun, but they will grow in fairly deep shade. Their flowering stems in shade will be taller and they will produce less buds. They are not suitable for growing under trees, as the flowering stems will reach slantingly towards the light, looking as if the cat has slept on them.
HEMEROCALLIS IN CONTAINERS. In town gardens they make an excellent subject for tubs and large pots. Their leaves fall over the sides of the container, making a bold foliage statement.
PESTS AND DISEASES. Hemerocallis are remarkably carefree plants, being immune to mildews, aphids, virus, lily beetle, vine weevil, to name a few of the plagues which beset so many garden plants. Damage by slugs and snails is minimal.
DEADHEADING. Some flowers are as beautiful in their terminal dishevelment as in their blooming; Hemerocallis alas are not one of these. The spent flowers show an unseemly haste to proceed down the path of putrefaction, liquefying within hours into a sticky mess. Daily deadheading during the flowering season greatly improves the appearance of all Hemerocallis. After all the flowers on a stem have bloomed, the stem should be cut to the ground, to avoid the plant putting energy into unnecessary seed production.
END OF SEASON TIDY UP. When tidying up the garden for winter, Hemerocallis can be cut to the ground. Removal of old foliage will reduce problems with snails and slugs in the Spring as snails like nothing so much for Winter quarters as decaying foliage.
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