Twenty-seven years ago I planted my first perennials, shrubs, and trees around the Ohio home where I currently live. The natural soil is heavy, poorly draining clay that is almost impossible to dig into, so I have added a lot of organic matter to the perennial beds. We have summer temperatures up to 105 and winter temperatures of -25. Years with little rain, and years with lots of rain. This area was once considered zone 5, but the latest update now has it as zone 6. I've grown many perennials through the years. Many grew one or two seasons and then never appeared again. Some were plagued with insect or disease problems that I didn't want to deal with. A few had no problem surviving - I had a problem with them spreading or setting seed that grew everywhere.
After wrestling daylilies out of the ground, try squirting the roots all over with a strong spray of water to make dividing easier.
One way to find daylilies that will grow well in your area is to attend an AHS Daylily Show.
Let's find out which daylilies do well in your area, where to go to see daylilies in person and how to find places for purchasing them.
You've done your homework. You have been to a local American Hemerocallis Society Daylily Show and visited a few AHS Display Gardens. You made a list of several daylilies that you would like to add to your garden. Now, how to find them? There are many, many options.
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The following information was written by and is courtesy of Julie Covington, President of the American Hemerocallis Society, and appears on the AHS website. It is copyrighted by The American Hemerocallis Society.
The Lenington All-American Award is given out each year by The American Hemerocallis Society. The daylily must have been introduced for at least 10 years to be eligible. The award is based on cultivar performance in all parts of the country.