In The Garden - DAYLILIES and SPIREA around our home PDF Print E-mail
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April 17th, 2012

The area next to our foundation was too narrow for shrubbery, yet needed something to cover the dirt and contrast the limestone foundation while also keeping with the linear perspective. It needed to draw the eye from the front landscaping to the landscaped bed under the bedroom window, without competing for center stage. It needed to be something that would clearly define the space with elegance, yet not be too showy.

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The elegant green cover daylilies’ leaves provide for the side of our house filled my specifications perfectly. However, since every bit of energy goes into blooms, I cut the stems as soon as they emerge to prevent the foliage from looking worn out for several weeks.

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Daylilies are strong resilient perennials that continue to flourish and reproduce year after year.† They adapt to most soil conditions and light exposures. To divide clumps of lilies, just dig them up and gently pull off two to three fans with roots attached and then replant. Over the years, I have planted numerous areas with divisions from my original bed.

Not only do the daylilies’ foliage set off the limestone foundation, but they also look great as a backdrop for our blooming Spirea bushes-some of the showiest yet easiest spring flowering shrubbery available.

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