|this one was highly fragrant|
I should not have planted daylilies. At least not where I planted them, weaving in and out among mixed plantings.
I love daylilies and I particularly like ditch lilies that are so orange and so summery when they explode all along the roadsides in July.
|arange daylilies crowding a young doublefile viburnum|
They look best in big colonies, or in long rows, massed together where each new day's flower can mask the stalks of the spent ones and the untidy foliage blends together in a big sea of green. But in a mixed border scattered about with other plants they just don't work.
First, daylilies are crowders. I wanted to fill all that empty space in the big bare swaths of mulch that were my early garden, so I thought planting dozens of them would be just the thing.
They quickly took over and shouldered aside anything else I wanted to put in the border.
Second, daylilies flop about. I wanted mounding, arched foliage to fill spaces with a lovely cascading effect. I got wildly unkempt fountains of strappy leaves that laid down all over the other plants.
|this wasn't the cascading foliage effect I was going for, it's just messy|
Finally, they add nothing to a mixed border. They are too unstructured and too big to play well with companions. They need space of their own.
They need to be massed.
|These escaped the deer one season|
I never kept the labels to know which cultivars I had. I would have liked to know what the magenta one was, or the name of the very fragrant yellow daylily.
It was a lesson learned, an oops from a beginning gardener. I thought so many daylilies interplanted in curving sweeps among shrubs and perennials would be such great garden fillers, but they weren't.
Now I am digging up daylilies.