Daylilies (Hemerocallis)

This easy-to-grow, extremely tolerant group of plants produces lots of colourful flowers and for those who are just venturing into gardening or have little time they require almost no attention once planted and are almost impossible to kill.

The flowers, which are often heavily scented, are produced in many colours ranging from near white to almost black. Yellow, red and orange flowers are by far the most common but there are purple and pink varieties, and others with two colours. The flowers can be quite small, about 30mm across, while others can stretch to 15cm across. All are carried in sprays on strong stems that can be slender or thick and sturdy. While a clump will produces lots of stems, each will produce usually just one flower a day for up to two months in high summer producing a long flowering clump.

At the base is a handsome clump of long, strappy, mid-green leaves that can arch gently over to provide excellent ground cover or may be upright.

Perfect for almost all areas of the garden Hemerocallis will grow along the edges of woodland, in soil that remains moist for much of the year as well as dry soils. As they will grow almost anywhere they are ideal for shady or sunny borders and can even be grown in large pots.