Daylilies forum→Mixed plants in daylily beds

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Name: Ben
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Benjoe90
Nov 30, 2020 9:19 PM CST
How many of you have mixed beds? And actually like them?

I have many different plants layered into my daylily bed to be able to have a longer bloom period. I included daffodils and grape hyacinths for spring blooms, many types of true lilies for late spring/early summer blooms, and then the daylilies for mid/late summer and fall.

It can look a hectic at times throughout the transitions like when the daffodils are spent and at the end of their leaf cycle. But by then the daylilies are growing full strength and starting to cover most of the area. And the true lilies like to add more towering structural foliage.

I may have to dig and replant every few years with them crowding each other, as many of the plants i chose in the beginning are fast multiplying.

Is there anyone who has any advice or pointers for making plantings like these work in the long run
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 1, 2020 8:29 AM CST
I have beds mixed and beds with just daylilies, I enjoy having them both ways. But plants grow and die, and they constantly need moving and rearranging whether they be mixed or just all daylilies.
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Dec 1, 2020 9:11 AM CST
I have mixed beds of daylilies and irises. When I started my mixed beds, I should've had my irises in the front (Like I do now) than scattered. My DL's are starting to swallow some of my irises up.
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Dec 1, 2020 6:26 PM CST
all (~180) my daylilies are in mixed beds. Never occurred to me to have a daylily bed, maybe I will try that...
Name: Marcia
Rochester, ny, zone 6 (Zone 6b)
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DaylilyDazzled
Dec 1, 2020 6:44 PM CST
Most of mine are mixed although, I am getting more daylilies then other plants lately. So will they ever become just daylily beds? I don't think so, but, as they say "never say never"! Whistling Hilarious!
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Zoia
Dec 1, 2020 11:35 PM CST
I'm with Larry and Marcia, all my beds are mixed as you wouldn't get much color out of them in the spring and early summer otherwise. However, I am also turning more and more to daylilies. Love them, love their longevity, nothing in my yard eats them. Some of my new beds are just daylilies for now, don't know if they'll stay that way. If nothing else, I'll probably put bulbs in with them. I would be careful of plants that self seed or spread by underground runners. Don't plant invasives, you'll regret the amount of work they generate. My irises were taking over my daylilies, so I removed them. Their season is so short that they just aren't my priority anymore.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Dec 2, 2020 8:19 AM CST
Ive used bulbs and perennials in daylily beds for over 20 years. Have had to move thousands of daffodil bulbs ( lesser numbers of liliums and alliums ) out as the bulbs increase. I like blue colored perennials as companions, as there is no true blue daylily yet.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 2, 2020 8:44 AM CST
Fantastic looking beds! I don't think I have seen any gardens anywhere with more beautiful beds.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Dec 2, 2020 8:47 AM CST
I agree gorgeous, Julie!
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Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Dec 2, 2020 9:36 AM CST
I agree also. Julie, I love the beds Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Name: Marcia
Rochester, ny, zone 6 (Zone 6b)
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DaylilyDazzled
Dec 2, 2020 7:42 PM CST
I agree I agree I am with everyone else. Just beautiful they look so well cared for and loved! Hurray!

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