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Grow Garden Grow - Daylilies Galore

day-lillyOWENSBORO, Ky. (6/9/14) — June is daylily month at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden.

The Garden has six daylily display beds and a daylily digging bed. The display beds allow visitors to see the many colors and forms of daylilies. Daylilies are not actually lilies, but are in the lily family. The blooms only last for one day but there are so many buds that it seems they are always in bloom. There are several forms of daylilies such as doubles, spiders, and unusual forms. Some have ruffled petals, and some are repeat bloomers. These are all cultivars, hybridized by people who are devoted to the daylily. They are not the old roadside daylily of the past.

The daylily digging bed at the botanical garden allows people to see the colors and forms and decide which plant is best for his or her garden. Plants from this garden are sold by the clump. They have to be dug up and can be divided or planted as a clump in someone’s garden. To divide the clump pull or cut apart the thick tangled roots.

Plant these tough and adaptable plants in average to rich, well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Set them with the crown just below soil level. Once established they spread quickly to form dense, broad clumps.

The Garden has a festival the last week in June devoted to these exquisite bloomers. Many activities will be going on at that time including hot-air balloons. There is also a daylily plant sale on Saturday, June 28 for anyone who wants to add to his or her collection or to begin a new daylily bed.

Although daylilies steel the show in June, there are many other plants including trees that are blooming this month. The pink feathery blooms of the tamarix tree and the yellow blooms of the golden raintree are always favorites.

Hybrid tea and floribunda roses are still in bloom, as are the orange poppies under the wind sculptures and much more.

Barbara Russ, Western Ky. Botanical Garden Horticulturist

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