As some of you you may recall ( OfGardens July 16, 2013 Daylily Delights) I am having a real summer crush on day lilies. After many hours of sighing and coveting the day lilies of others, I decided to be proactive and pursue my new love interest. I have created my own day lily bed.
Here in Nova Scotia where I spend part of the summer there is an excellent day lily nursery, Canning Daylily Garden (http://canningdaylilygardens.yolasite.com), which I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. On a gorgeous summer’s day, a friend and I drove to Canning with a long list of wants. Almost immediately upon arrival Ryan Ward, the owner, greeted us and offered help. From that moment until we drove off he never left our sides and was extremely helpful in every way: he found the day lilies on our list, chose from those available the ones with the largest fans, packed them up, carried them to the car, loaded the car AND gave us each two free day lilies because of the number of plants we purchased. We had a lot of fun acquiring the day lilies, which is always a good harbinger for a project.
Back at my cottage, it was time to plant. I had dug a trench 22 feet long by 2 feet wide and 12 inches deep. I filled the bottom of the trench with composted manure,
and then the rest with a combination of old and new soil.
I then planted the day lilies 20 inches apart, more or less. This is a little wider apart then most often recommended, 12 – 18 inches is the popular recommendation, but I don’t want to have to divide the bed anytime soon so I over compensated with space now. Watered deeply (and often since), then mulched. It is so easy to plant in a new bed filled with fresh soil!
My new bed of daylilies are all red: Doug’s Red Mercedes, Baja, Little Zinger, Mildred Brothers, Imperial Fire, Imperial Guard, and Crown Fire. Hopefully, this is what my daylilies will look like this time next year: