HEMEROCALLIS

Day Lilies such as H. fulva have been grown in Britain for hundreds of years, but only recently have they become widely popular. No longer is the gardener restricted to the dull yellow and orange shades – modern hybrids are available in a vast range of colours from palest yellow to richest red, the Lily-like trumpets measuring up to 7 in. across and both 1.5 ft dwarfs and 4 ft giants are available. The great virtue of the Day Lily is its ease of cultivation – give it a moisture-retentive soil and it will grow almost anywhere. Clumps of strap-like leaves give rise to branching flower stalks in summer, each flower lasting a single day but new buds appearing continually during the flowering season. Water thoroughly in dry weather.

VARIETIES: Basic details for the Hemerocallis Hybrids are height 3 ft. Spacing 2 ft.

Flowering period: June-August. Choose from ‘Pink Damask’ (pure pink), ‘Stafford’ (yellow-eyed red), ‘Black Magic’ (yellow-eyed dark red), ‘Golden Orchid’ (orange), ‘Golden Chimes’ (2 ft. yellow)… but there are scores of others.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps when overcrowded in autumn or spring.

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