Hemerocallis With Roses

They begin to wake up just as the first flush of roses is done, and they are in full swing as the Clematis fade. Thanks, guys!

Hemerocallis 'Sabine Bauer'
Hemerocallis 'Sabine Bauer'
Hemerocallis 'Sabine Bauer'

Hemerocallis 'Elizabeth Salter'
Hemerocallis 'Elizabeth Salter'

Hemerocallis 'Daring Dilemma'
Hemerocallis 'Daring Dilemma'

Hemerocallis 'Spacecoast Starburst'
Hemerocallis 'Spacecoast Starbust'

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I've forgotten the name of this beauty:
Hemerocallis 'I Forget'

Hemerocallis 'Bella Sera'Hemerocallis 'Bella Sera'

Two big lessons on Hemerocallis as companions to roses:

1. Pick Hems that multiply rather slowly, lest they rapidly overwhelm your roses. Hems have dense, if shallow root systems that can really suck water out of the soil.  Roses don't compete well.

2. The colors are a problem. Except for the pure yellow, purple, and orange Hems, their colors look pretty wretched with most roses. A lot of Hemerocallis flowers have a muddy quality to their color that looks exactly and precisely wrong with roses. Site them carefully. Luckily they'll grow and bloom in a pot, so you can try them out visually with this or that companion plant before you put them in the ground.

Comments

  1. NOW I read your post, after spending far too much money on daylilies that look like either cadaver flesh or freshly mangled flesh. Ick.
    The yellow and red ones are pretty in my garden, and I just got a "white" called Joan Senior that I really like. All of the exotic ones were shipped off to people who can appreciate their subtle charms.
    Renee

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  2. The true orange Hems also look good with the right color roses--fuchsia pink if you are bold, lavender, yellow, white or warm red if you are more sensible.

    I think probably everyone spends too much money on daylilys. ;)

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