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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Aug 8, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Do you plan your planting? By heigth? By color?
Or do you just start planting a row or border, and then add on as they arrive?
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Aug 8, 2017 7:54 PM CST
I just find any available spot, but definitely try to keep taller ones at the back of the border. No color scheme or anything like that. Usually, it's an "oh no, where am I going to put this!" Smiling
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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Aug 8, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Just what I wanted to hear. Thumbs up
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Aug 8, 2017 8:02 PM CST
I have seen comments from some who absolutely have to have the color palette compatible. Everybody is different.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 8, 2017 8:08 PM CST
If they are in my perennial beds, I plan by height and colour. I also have holding beds, where I plant in rows, without any concern of colour. I do try to keep the little ones on the edges of these beds, though.
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Legalily
Aug 8, 2017 8:40 PM CST
I do more like Valerie.
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Name: Pat Strong
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Pat236
Aug 8, 2017 9:38 PM CST
I try to place the shorter plants to the front of the bed. I use the hybridizer's stats only as a guide as my plants seem to be shorter than advertised. I also try to match color combinations, but they never seem to bloom at the same time. Yellows seem to look good near almost any of the other colors. I need to pay closer attention to the early , mid, and late bloom indicators.
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 9, 2017 3:17 AM CST
I like to keep small ones at the front and larger in middle and back but I like to think of which colours go together nicely as well so if purple and yellow daylies are in the same area I separate them by having a near white or similar complementary colour between them .

I also like to have self colours and patterns interspersed as I think that it makes them all stand out more that way. So if I have lots of pale-coloured, patterned daylilies close together, for example, I like to put something like a deep purple self in the middle of them.
NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Aug 9, 2017 5:45 AM CST
I've been trying to figure out when they will bloom in my zone, but I've come up with ziltch. I'd really like to have a beautiful garden, as well as do my hybridizing. I gotta have it all!

I just started last year, and when they began arriving, I wanted to get them safely into the ground. I didn't really keep any stats this summer, cause they may not be exhibiting normal behavior yet. Is that truly important, anyway? They all have their stats posted here and on many other sites.

I'm considering moving my parents around at some point, to compliment the garden. When I get to know them a little better. Then, when it's time, plant their babies around and near them. That way, I can combine my work with beautiful scenery.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Aug 9, 2017 6:02 AM CST
@josieskid,
The stats shown when a plant is registered may or may not be what you will see in your garden. A plant listed as being 28 inches tall, may in your garden be much shorter or much taller. The same goes for rust resistance, foliage type, etc. At best the stats should be used as a guide. I would say the biggest differences in the results you will see in your garden and what is registered would be in things like height, bud count, branching, rebloom, and bloom time, of course all the stats may match what you see in your garden, and almost none of them may match. Only with experience in your garden and a good memory or good record keeping will you be able to plan on such things...then the weather changes and so do all the stats for the season. That is why I just plant them without much planning...and the fact that I am terrible at coordinating colors etc.
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 9, 2017 6:08 AM CST
@josieskid-- you can always move them around once you have seen how they behave in your garden--a garden is never static after all and in my experience most daylilies are very forgiving.
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Aug 9, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Since Im getting more than I have pots and mix for now, Im going with the ground, not my preference, too hard to weed. Ive been making myself a wreck trying to plan...look up everything. Its becoming not fun, so Im going to just plant, keeping heigth in mind.
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alilyfan
Aug 9, 2017 7:22 AM CST
I plant what are supposed to be the taller ones in back, I don't plant to coordinate so much as not to clash. Some plants do seem to grow much taller in my garden than they are supposed to though, fine because I like taller plants. Annoying because I have to move them!
Name: Julie
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floota
Aug 10, 2017 4:04 AM CST
After growing daylilies for over 30 years, last fall I moved as many small and minis to one area as possible, and will hopefully complete that process this fall. Have REALLY enjoyed having them all together!! Several of my largest beds where you can walk all the way around it, I put the taller ones in the middle and shorter ones all around. On those that you can't walk around, I put the taller onesIn back along with the tallest perennials. Always have liked to mix the colors and accent with perennials. Love the various Agastache, salvias, lobelia, stokesia, verbena bonariensis, echinacea, etc. Lots of blue and spiky textures.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 10, 2017 6:24 AM CST
Your beds sound beautiful, Julie. I just added some agastache to my beds this year. I hope it does well. You are right, the contrast with the daylilies is fabulous.
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 11, 2017 10:35 AM CST
I like to put the smaller buddleias in with mine --do you have those over the pond?

The ones I have are called Buddleia "buzz" and come in 4 colours-dark blue, light blue, white and magenta.
Name: Carol Sandt
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csandt
Aug 11, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Scatterbrain said:I like to put the smaller buddleias in with mine --do you have those over the pond?

The ones I have are called Buddleia "buzz" and come in 4 colours-dark blue, light blue, white and magenta.


I agree!!! Buzz Buddleia cultivars are fantastic! Plus they do not produce seedlings. I have light blue, white and magenta. Light blue is my favorite, but the others are lovely too. You should see the butterflies they attract!
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Aug 11, 2017 1:47 PM CST
csandt said:

I agree!!! Buzz Buddleia cultivars are fantastic! Plus they do not produce seedlings. I have light blue, white and magenta. Light blue is my favorite, but the others are lovely too. You should see the butterflies they attract!


I have the two blues (dark and light) and the magenta. Need to get the white.

Name: Carol Sandt
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csandt
Aug 11, 2017 3:04 PM CST
There is also a pink Buzz buddleia but I haven't seen it yet.
You can find a photo and description here:
http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com...
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Aug 11, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Pam @gardenglory coneflowers, daisies and salvia and sedum for fall color are also good perennials to intersperse with daylilies. I've also added hibiscus for fall blooms when the daylilies are done. This is in Iowa so not sure of your zone.
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