Daylily

Hemerocallis 'Pink Damask'

Daylily - Hemerocallis  'Pink Damask'

Common Name: Daylily
Genus: Hemerocallis
Cultivar: 'Pink Damask'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Masses of splendid salmon pink lily-like flowers with a pale midrib last just one day but appear continuously in July and August. This semi-evergreen daylily soon forms large clumps of strap-like leaves valuable for suppressing weeds at the front of the border. A popular old variety it looks great planted in drifts in a sunny mixed or herbaceous border and contrast suprisingly well with the spiky blue flowerheads of globe thistle and sea holly. Like most hemerocallis it is robust and easy to grow provided you follow the tips below.

  • Garden care: The Greek term 'hemerocallis' means 'beautiful for a day' and daylilies need regular deadheading to prolong flowering and prevent their unsightly deadheads from dominating the scene. Each stem carries several flowers so snap off each flower as it fades. When the stem has finished flowering cut it down to the ground. After the plant has finished flowering altogether pull out the dead leaves. When the foliage is looking tatty cut it down to the ground and fresh new growth will appear. Lift and divide every two years in spring to keep the rhizomes vigorous and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Water frequently from spring until the buds appear.

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