H is for Hemerocallis on the A to Z Challenge. Hemerocallis means ‘beautiful for a day’ and in English it means Daylily. We gardeners have been very happy for the daylily which is such a trouble free plant. It loves the sun, but is not particular about soil, although it is always wise to put in a daylily, or any plant with a good helping of compost. They are also quite tolerant of drought. This is a plant for every garden.
Many people are familiar with the common orange roadside daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, but you can now find daylilies in every color from cream to deepest red. There are frilled daylilies, tall daylilies and short daylilies, early, mid and late season daylilies. Olallie Daylily Farm, just over the border in Vermont is not far from here. The owner and head gardener is Christopher Darrow, grandson of the eminent daylily breeder George Darrow sells his grandfather’s daylilies, as well as many others including daylilies he has bred himself. A trip to the farm is always a delight.
Closer to me is the Silver Daylily Farm, cared for by my friend Richard Willard down in Greenfield.
Several years ago I began my own no-mow, erosion control project by planting daylilies on the small but steep bank in front of the house. It is a glory for at least 6 weeks. I have chosen a paler palette of daylilies, but I couldn’t resist a few bright reds. The bright yellow Hyperion is an old daylily that was given to me by a dear friend.
Take a little hemerocallis tour with me by clicking here. And don’t forget, daylilies, like many other plant families, have their own society, the American Hemerocallis Society. To see what else begins with H today click here.