Johnson’s Nursery is proud to grow and stock many of the Midwest’s most popular daylily cultivars. The botanical name for daylily is Hemerocallis is formed from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day.” Aptly named, since each flower will only last one day, but luckily, each stalk will bear multiple flower buds to extend the blooming season. Daylilies are native to Asia and Central Europe and were brought to North America as a hardy ornamental perennial. Today there are over 55,000 different varieties of daylilies. The flowers can be bi-colored or have colored edges, ruffled petals, or smooth, colored throats and eyes, blooms can be miniature or large or dusted with color.
Daylilies are generally pest and disease-free. Mites, aphids, and thrips may occur, but these problems are exceedingly rare. While the Daylily Rust fungus is of concern in southern states, the fungus has not been observed to successfully survive our cold winters in the Midwest. The spent flowers of daylilies can be deadheaded to keep the plant looking tidy. The dead flower stalks, called scapes, can be pulled once they’ve completely dried. In spring, the leaves and stalks of last year can be cleaned up to keep your bed tidy. While daylilies are mostly drought tolerant, watering during droughts will keep the foliage full and attractive. Daylilies should be divided every 3 years in spring or fall to improve flowering and reduce crowding.