Daylilies forum: Daylilies in a west-facing bed?

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Name: Terry
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mystlw
Sep 17, 2020 8:08 PM CST
I have a couple of raised beds of older, less expensive daylilies that I need to move. Like most of us, though, bed space is at a premium here. I have an empty bed facing west, up against my brick home. There is nothing blocking this bed from the south, so it gets both (some, but not full-day) southern and western exposure.

Would daylilies do well in a spot like this? Would it get too hot for them up against the bricks of the house? Thus far, all of my beds have been full sun in the middle of my yards, and I don't want to risk losing even the older, cheaper ones (they're still beautiful!).
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Sep 18, 2020 6:39 AM CST
I had a spot up close to the house that I thought might be a good place for some daylilies, it was up against the house but open to the East and the South, but did also get some shade from large oaks. I potted up some daylilies and tried them there this past summer. They did not do very well, not enough sun was my conclusion, but I might pot some more up in that location this winter and see if the heat from the brick might give them an advantage during the cooler season.
Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Sep 18, 2020 6:41 AM CST
Terry I have several up against the house that are doing fine. In fact, I recommend putting plants that might be tender there. My tobacco plant against the south side of the house blooms at least two months before the others around the garden.
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Sep 18, 2020 6:42 AM CST
Larry we cross posted.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Sep 18, 2020 7:23 AM CST
I have a bed against the south side of my house. I don't plant right up against the house and have left enough room to get between the house and the bed to weed and do maintenance. It is a mixed perennial bed with several daylilies and the daylilies have always done well, even the ones planted at the back, closest to the house.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Sep 18, 2020 7:52 AM CST
I have some older daylilies on the west side of the house and they do well enough, although the house is light coloured siding rather than brick so must reflect some of the sun rather than collect the heat. They do lean a bit away from the house but I'm looking at them from that side anyway.

One thing I would be slightly concerned about there in zone 6 might be rust. If putting them close to a warm brick wall allows some of the leaves to stay alive during winter then there's a chance rust could survive there if you happen to bring it in on newer plants and it gets transferred to those older ones. Rust wouldn't survive a normal winter in zone 6 but it sometimes does in zone 7 and a close west-facing brick wall would create a warmer microclimate than the rest of the garden.
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Name: Robin
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RobinSeeds
Sep 19, 2020 10:00 AM CST
I've found with planting anything next to the foundation on every side of the house except the northwest side is the lack of water. I've got a story and a half craftsman home and the overhang of the roof line prevents rainfall from reaching those plants.

If there's bare ground along the side of the house, take a look at the moisture pattern after a rainfall.
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KYgal
Sep 19, 2020 10:37 AM CST
I have most of my daylilies in south and southwest facing beds behind my home, and they grow and bloom well. I have a few near my brick walls, but I plant them at least 18-24" away from the wall for circulation and maintenance. Here in zone 6b, I have cannas planted against the brick and foundation (south wall) and do not have to dig and overwinter them. Your only problem may be watering in a dry spell or in case of a large overhang as mentioned by Robin.
Name: Tim
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Lyshack
Sep 19, 2020 12:19 PM CST
Some of my biggest, fastest growing clumps are in a border garden on the west side of my house.

Where I live, the weather and wind usually move east to west. The prevailing winds seem to push the rain all the way to the house on that side, and keep that garden well watered for me. In fact, sometimes the rain comes from the other way, which would miss that garden. On the other hand, when it comes from the east, all the rain that hits the house runs down into the border garden making it get more rain than my other gardens, which may explain why my daylilies there are doing so well.

Your weather may not be the same as mine, though. Just something to think about when you are making your decision.
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Sep 19, 2020 1:06 PM CST
I, too, plant away from the foundation wall. The path between the perennial bed and the house is 24 inches wide. Nothing is planted closer to the house than that. It gives me a path behind the bed to move along to perform maintenance. I do not have much of a roof overhang on that side of the house, and have never had a problem with dryness.

I mulch the perennial bed and use the same mulch on the path at the back between the house and the bed. It gives it a neat look.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Sep 19, 2020 1:19 PM CST
We don't get nearly enough rain to depend on so I regularly water. Try a few not to pricey one and see what happens. I grow them on the south side of my house in front of my tomatoes......
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