Daylilies forum: Pictures of Your Favorite Combo Plants for Daylilies?

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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 30, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Valerie - lovely together! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Aug 31, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Lovely pictures, all. It is always interesting to see what plant combinations other people come up with.

I wouldn't call Centranthus exactly "invasive" here, but it does self-sow and spread around a little. I once grew it as a garden plant, and while it is pretty tough and can handle our drought and climate, it is rather too weedy for me to enjoy as a garden plant now.

My best pairings are in the Moon Garden, where I grow near-white daylilies with white salvias, licorice plants (with which I have a love/hate relationship), white-flowered Pelargoniums (I have some violet-red ones on the margins), iberis, Shasta daisies, some white flowering Loropetalum, white Penstemon, a variegated Miscanthus (I believe it is 'Morning Light'), Narcissus 'Misty Glen', Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger', some white roses ('Bolero' and "Flower Carpet White") and white-flowering Society Garlic plants. The foliage on the latter is somewhat strappy and I prefer other foliage shapes with daylilies, but the foliage overall is smaller and more compact, and importantly, the blooms have a long season. On the edges (not really in with the daylilies) I have Stachys 'Helen von Stein' and white flowered irises. (Fwiw I don't consider the flowering-out-of-daylily-season plants "cheating". I really don't care for monocultures; I want the garden to be interesting visually in any one season, with a variety of plants doing their thing, and in as many seasons as possible.)

Some roses, in particular the "Flower Carpet" series, can go well with daylilies.

Here are two different older images; the first is looking into the Moon Garden past 'Pink Fanfare'; you can see the Shasta daisies, Miscanthus, one salvia, irises at the very edge, and a licorice plant :

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This second shows 3 daylilies, 2 Pelaragoniums, a different variegated licorice plant (from what we have now), some Heuchera (down to one plant now, thanks to the rabbits) and the Miscanthus:



More older images (from another part of the garden) show daylilies with the rose "Flower Carpet Coral":

Thumb of 2016-08-31/Polymerous/6acb94 'One Fine Day'

Thumb of 2016-08-31/Polymerous/a87d7f 'Rocket Booster'

Thumb of 2016-08-31/Polymerous/c0896b 'Sears Tower' was still in the pot when this image was taken; (it's in the ground now, but I haven't take images since, or else can't find them)

'December Wedding' with Helichrysum petiolare (licorice plant) 'Variegata' (also an out-of-bloom Penstemon and Loropetalum)

Thumb of 2016-08-31/Polymerous/590d42 Penstemon 'Garnet' with some seedlings; I can't really recommend this pairing, as the Penstemon is running amok and taking over the bed!



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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 31, 2016 2:44 PM CST
Polymerous - Absolutely gorgeous gardens! I love the Moon Garden and the daylily and rose combinations are beautiful! Love the Rocket Booster combo! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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jmorth
Aug 31, 2016 3:08 PM CST
Some of these have daylilies that are Noids...


Thumb of 2016-08-31/jmorth/fc6a8f Mobot, St Louis


Thumb of 2016-08-31/jmorth/66008e Daylily may be Gingersnap with lily Lollypop


Thumb of 2016-08-31/jmorth/61b031 Stella d'Oro with lily Dryrot


Thumb of 2016-08-31/jmorth/a579aa Noid with Rudbeckia

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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 31, 2016 3:30 PM CST
jmorth - Love the combos! I don't think you can go wrong with purple and red - one of my favorites! What is the purple flower in the first picture? And in the last picture the Rudbeckia really pulls out the throat of the daylily! Thumbs up Thumbs up Lovey dubby
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jmorth
Aug 31, 2016 3:48 PM CST
maybe lavender?
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Aug 31, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Good point, Ginny, about pulling out the color in the daylily throat with a companion plant!

I feel the same about emphasizing the color on the eyes. Below, 'Sir Clyde' with the Penstemon 'Garnet' is a good combination, when both are cooperating by blooming at the same time. (That strip has had a lot of disruption the last few years and both plants have suffered for it and need to retrench.) The Penstemon pairs with the eye on the daylily:

Thumb of 2016-09-01/Polymerous/463782 Thumb of 2016-09-01/Polymerous/e77753

Sometimes you can pair daylilies with red eyes or pink or rose edges or similar color effects with red foliaged shrubs or trees. Here is 'Raspberry Banana Cheesecake' with the red Japanese Maple 'Emperor I':

Thumb of 2016-09-01/Polymerous/f191cf

I am probably going to get rid of this daylily this fall, but I will most likely replace it with something larger flowered, in pink or rose, or edged with pink or rose. On the other side of that maple I have 'Beautiful Edgings', situated so that it gets morning shade, but I don't have any images that capture both the bloom (when the edge still has color - it burns off quickly here) and the tree foliage.

Elsewhere in the garden, I have another bed with another (currently young and little) red Japanese maple, 'Fireglow'. I am going to plant 'Willow Dean Smith' at the opposite end of that (small) bed, where it can hopefully work with both the maple, and also a nearby purple foliaged Prunus. (I think the Prunus is 'Krauter Vesuvius', but I'm in a hurry and not in the mood to go pawing through lists of labels. Hilarious! The foliage is much darker and more vibrant here than in the database image, though.) In an adjacent bed and a little closer to the Prunus, we just planted out 'Small World Treasure Island', whose blooms I also hope will work well, colorwise. The two daylilies more or less reflect across a short path between the beds; on the edges of the beds (and the path) are Cuphea 'Riverdene Gold'. Will everything work out colorwise, or will it all clash? Confused It should be interesting next daylily season!

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Name: Lynnette
Northwest Illinois (Zone 5b)
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ljb5966
Oct 24, 2016 5:03 AM CST
Here is Humungousaur with Rudebekia Indian Summer:
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Here is Mof in front of my unknown named Japanese Maples
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Here is Orchid Line with Hosta-Rainforest Sunrise:
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 24, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Great combos!! Especially love the rudbeckia combo Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Julie
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floota
Oct 24, 2016 7:25 AM CST
Just this week, I updated my blog and included pictures and comments about some companion plants for Daylilies. The link should be at the bottom of this post!
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 24, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Julie I just checked out your blog and wanted to tell you your gardens are spectacular!!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I love the soft flow of the curved gardens and the colors. I scrolled down until it showed pictures of the daylilies and lilies in bloom - WOW! Beautiful. I was so in awe I forgot to check for companion plants Blinking I'll have to check it closer Whistling Whistling
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mantisOH
Nov 2, 2016 6:16 AM CST
Marked By Lydia with Japanese maple
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Yellows especially pair well with contrasting burgundy and red. Stone Beacon, a large plant, is highlighted by such backgrounds.
With pennisetum rubrum:
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With monarda:
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Again, with pennisetum:
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Mohawk Chief, more golden yellow
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Buttered Popcorn shows how rudbeckia echo and contrast gold daylilies:
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Nov 2, 2016 6:39 AM CST
Great combos mantisOH Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Barbalee
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Barbalee
Nov 2, 2016 9:42 AM CST
I agree
Legalily said:Great combos mantisOH Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!


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beckygardener
Nov 2, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Wow! There are some really beautiful combos here in this thread! And I love Julie's blog photos! I aspire to have a garden like that one day! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Ginny G
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Nov 2, 2016 6:42 PM CST
I agree I agree
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pamelia55
Feb 8, 2017 10:25 PM CST
Nice pictures!
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Feb 8, 2017 11:45 PM CST
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Name: Becky
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Feb 9, 2017 6:08 AM CST
Welcome! Hurray!
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Name: Ginny G
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Feb 9, 2017 1:10 PM CST
pamelia55 Welcome! Welcome! glad to have you aboard Hurray! Hurray!
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