Daylilies forum: Reformed daylily hater trying to figure this out.

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Aug 15, 2017 8:18 AM CST
Hi all. This is my first post. Forgive me for being long-winded. I'm in north Louisiana, zone 8b and trying to get a bunch of daylilies started. I don't care which. I'm just tired of fooling with plants and want to make things a bit more carefree. I KNOW daylilies aren't completely carefree but I really want the foliage to cover a lot of bare ground in my beds. I have always had bad luck with bedding annuals and two years of toying with native perennials has left me with a lot of coneflower and not much else. I ordered a couple of shipments of plain old orange H fulva to fill in my bigger beds b/c even with continual mulching, I am always plucking weeds thanks to my sprinkler system. The beds in question have white azaleas as their main focus. We happened to be visiting family in far NW Missouri when they were in bloom in July and I really admire their tenaciousness (and invasiveness) in the ditches and fields around old homes and farms.

For two of the beds on opposite sides of my front entry, I've ordered a more diverse cast of daylilies from online growers. Before I made this decision, I had also ordered a ton of dutch iris bulbs on impulse from Breck's that I thought would be a good spring bloomer. I'm wondering....will these play nice together with the daylilies? They haven't shipped so I can always cancel.

Daylilies and irises were the mainstay of my grandparents and great grandparents flower beds and I've had an aversion to them ever since. But all these newer hybrids seem a lot more appealing and I'm more willing to give them a shot.

Thanks!
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Aug 15, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Sounds like a good plan to me. If for no other reason, daylilies and iris are both monocots, so you can use broadleaf weedkiller (2-4D) to control the weeds:)

(Zone 6a)
taylordaylily
Aug 15, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Dutch Iris, and Daylilies, grow great together. The Dutch Iris, start blooming with my extra-early daylilies. The daylily foliage will hide the Dutch Iris foliage as it dies back.
Good Luck, and have fun starting your new addiction.
Welcome!
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Aug 16, 2017 12:39 PM CST
Excellent! Thanks for your help. I was worried what to do with the beds before the daylily show starts for the year. My wife hates our beds to be just green with no blooms. The azaleas are bad enough. So hopefully this will help.

And frankrichards16, good call on the herbicide!
(Zone 6a)
taylordaylily
Aug 16, 2017 7:51 PM CST
Your Welcome! Daffodils do great inter planted with daylilies also. Again the daylily foliage helps hide the daffodils foliage as it's dying back. Daffodils bloom earlier than Dutch Iris, so planting both can extend your bloom season.
I hope your wife enjoys your Display, Best of luck, to you!
Karen

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