Ditch Lilies en Masse: How impressive!

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Ditch Lilies en Masse

By Newyorkrita
October 16, 2013

Common ditch lilies are an effective landscape tool for erosion control and summer blooms.

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flaflwrgrl
Oct 15, 2013 6:51 PM CST
Now I know those aren't at your house Rita. they must be somewhere close by though. They are impressive planted en masse!
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Newyorkrita
Oct 15, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Next street over down the block from me. But I can see them from in front of my house if I look down there. They do look great blooming each summer. The rest of the time they are a green carpet that mostly chokes out weeds.
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robertduval14
Oct 15, 2013 7:02 PM CST

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Newyorkrita said:The rest of the time they are a green carpet that mostly chokes out weeds.



Till they go dormant then some poor landscaper gets to clean up all that dead foliage and brown scapes... Thumbs down Have I mentioned that I'm a landscaper? Hilarious!

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Newyorkrita
Oct 15, 2013 7:05 PM CST
Well. All daylily foliage goes dormant. Honestly, not much is done to these particular daylilies. The foliage must die come winter and just compost into the ground.
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OldGardener
Oct 15, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Those are absolutely stunning! Clean up is clean up - whether it's ditch lilies or some other plant - so cleaning up the dormant foliage would not bother me at all. And I think it would be well worth that beautiful display!

Living on a hill, I especially like the idea of using them for erosion control. Thank you so much for sharing this idea Thumbs up
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Name: Rob Duval
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robertduval14
Oct 15, 2013 7:28 PM CST

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To be honest, big ditchlily patches are actually easy to clean up once fall hits. You can just leave it there and let it compost, but it does so rather slowly as the foliage is pretty tough. Personally, I prefer to clean it all up, but a lot of that is due to me wanting to be able to see any new shoots coming up as early as possible without having to look under/move around. I have to pull these shoots and the rhizomes associated with them to control area I wish to keep them in.
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beckygardener
Oct 15, 2013 7:44 PM CST
Wow! That is amazing!

My very first daylily was one of those (actually several) and I still have a sweet spot in my heart for Ditch Lilies!

Daylily leaves make great compost! I give mine a "haircut" several times during the growing season and add it to my compost bin! Breaks down nicely with everything thing else I throw in there!
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rocklady
Oct 15, 2013 7:50 PM CST
That's a lot of ditch lilies. It makes a great display.
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lovemyhouse
Oct 15, 2013 8:25 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Rob Whistling
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blue23rose
Oct 15, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Great pictures of the ditch lilies, Rita! They look beautiful like that. I just started a row along a fence this year and they are already doing well. It won't be long before they are filled in and I look forward to next years blooms. Not looking forward to trying to control them, but they are worth the fight Big Grin
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Dayjillymo
Oct 16, 2013 7:44 AM CST
Beautiful photos, Rita - and good article! Thanks for the "spot of color" this morning!

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Newyorkrita
Oct 16, 2013 10:20 AM CST
Thank you everyone! When I was going thru my pictures looking for illustrations for Daylily Week, I realized that these ditch lilies were perfect.
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Oct 16, 2013 3:28 PM CST

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blue23rose said:Great pictures of the ditch lilies, Rita! They look beautiful like that. I just started a row along a fence this year and they are already doing well. It won't be long before they are filled in and I look forward to next years blooms. Not looking forward to trying to control them, but they are worth the fight Big Grin



The 'fight' really is not that bad if you keep up with them. Just keep knocking down/pulling out any that try to start growing where they should not. I have seen them put a shoot out a full 2 feet away from the next nearest fan. But they are easy enough to spot and I just dig under em a bit and pull it out, trying to get as much of the rhizome that strayed as possible. If they are in softer ground such as a mulched bed it is even easier as the rhizome seems to like going through the softer mulch layer near the top rather than the more compacted dirt below making it easier to yank out.

My patch of them contains around 100-120 fans and I've never had any trouble keeping them in their place.

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blue23rose
Oct 16, 2013 5:13 PM CST
I don't think I'll have too much of a problem. My husband has already mowed some of the leaves. If they come out too far he will mow them over! He wants to keep enough space between the fence row and my flower bed to drive his truck through Smiling
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lovemyhouse
Oct 16, 2013 5:48 PM CST
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rocklady
Oct 17, 2013 12:49 PM CST
I only wish my daylilies would be as aggressive as the ditch lilies, then I could afford to buy expensive ones knowing I couldn't kill them! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 17, 2013 1:07 PM CST
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Dayjillymo
Oct 17, 2013 2:08 PM CST
I agree I agree

Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

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