Cape Cod Life, April 2018 |

Daylilies to delight

Cape Cod Life  /  April 2018 /

Writer: Allyson Plessner

Daylilies to Delight, April 2018 Cape Cod LIFE |

Wild orange daylilies are a classic staple in any Cape Cod garden, but there are other varieties of this spectacular flower that also make a statement. We have information on all things daylilies to get you excited about your next gardening project.

For a stunning garden that will last, daylilies are a must. Known for their endurance, daylilies will thrive in almost any type of soil, making them a perfect addition to a Cape Cod garden. Plus, they’re guaranteed to add alluring pops of color with their large petals, ranging from burnt orange to delicate peach.

If you spend some time on Cape Cod, chances are you’ll come across a daylily. The inviting appeal of these garden staples is undeniable, but did you know they come in almost countless varieties? There are all sorts of complex color patterns and shapes that you can use to impress garden guests. Best of all, they’re low maintenance and easy for even the most inexperienced gardener to enjoy.

We know how important it is to choose the right flowers for your garden. Your time is precious, and daylilies let you bring unparalleled color to your garden with minimal stress. Intrigued? Explore below to see some fabulous varieties, find helpful tips, and learn a few fun facts about these gorgeous garden staples.

Tips & Facts

Pick the right location–daylilies grow best in full sun.

While daylilies can withstand most soil conditions, they thrive in fertile, well-drained areas.

Be patient. It may take some time for daylilies to fully establish themselves, but they’re well worth the wait. During their first season, water infrequently but deeply during dry weather and use mulch around the plants to keep the soil moist and to protect against weeds.

To keep your plants looking full and healthy, prune off the blossoms as they begin to wilt.

Daylilies flourish best when the clusters are separated about every five years.

Add fertilizer every spring to keep your flowers looking fresh.

Daylilies to Delight, April 2018 Cape Cod LIFE |

Frans Hals: This classic variety is a great way to bring some character to your garden. Burnt orange petals alternate with golden ones, adding statement-making color to your landscape. Photo courtesy of shutterstock_ivan stupa

Daylilies are not native to North America. In fact, many of them come from Asia where, in some locations, the buds are considered a delicious staple to any diet.

Though it’s easy to get confused, daylilies are actually not part of the lily family.

Daylily hybrids are created in Holland on a regular basis. There, they refer to that orange daylily you see all over North America (pictured above) as a “ditch lily” because it grows in ditches.

They’re called daylilies because each flower at the end of a stem only blooms for one day, opening in the morning and dying by the next day. Most daylilies grow in clumps and have multiple buds, which all take turns blooming throughout their season.

Within the last 20 years, “Rebloomers” have become widely popular. These daylilies bloom more than once within a single season, meaning that you get even more opportunities to enjoy these incredible flowers.

Daylilies grow between about 1 and 4 feet high.

Daylilies come in all sorts of different shapes, including triangular, circular, star shaped, double, ruffled and spider shaped.

Because the roots of daylilies are very absorbent, they are sometimes used to prevent brush fires and soil erosion.

Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.