Hostas w/ Daylilies?

thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)February 13, 2011

Up till now, my hostas have remained separate from my sun-loving perennials. But I'd like to possibly intermingle them in the spring since many of my daylilies are getting rather big.

I'm kinda wondering, how little sun can a daylily take before it starts to bloom less? I remember my MIL giving me some daylilies because her garden was too shady for them to bloom.

Got any pics of hosta+daylily?

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sidney1515

Melissa, I do it all the time. Tomorrow I'll look for some pics. .

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 8:34PM
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luvtosharedivs

Melissa,
Most Daylilies will flower very well with 6 hours of full sun. In my experience, I've had DLs flower well in an area that gets full sun for an hour, then filtered sun/shade for a couple hours, then full sun for a couple hours, and finally filtered sun/shade for the rest of the day.

I've been gradually adding Hostas to these areas during the past couple of years, doing research to find the sun tolerant Hostas. But to tell you the truth, I've experimented w/Hostas that aren't listed as sun tolerant, and they also do fine.

I would say your daylilies will need at least 6 hours of full sun or a combination of full sun and partial sun/day to flower well. You may have to experiment. I've moved DL's around many times, since some have less budcounts by nature. DLs that have high budcounts seem to do very well for me in shadier spots.

Tinker's often give budcounts for daylily cultivars.

I'll see if I can find a pic or two in one of my albums.

BTW, the photo on your member page is knock-out gorgeous!
You must have a lot of energy to have arranged and planted that awesome garden.

Julie

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 9:44PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

Awh Julie, Thanks.
I haven't been able to update it with the 2010 pic, so I'll just show ya:

Not much has changed since the pic you saw, other than some re-arranging and maturing, so they're filling in.

I don't think the bed I was considering gets 6 hours of sun. Maybe 3-4 hours of morning sun, then shade for the rest of the day. Bummer.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 10:19PM
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mctavish6

I do have some daylilies mixed in with hosta and think it works very well. The majority of them are on the far side of my driveway with sun on and off through out the day. It is also generally hotter there because of the reflection off the pavement. The daylilies use to be in the now mostly hosta garden inside the fence. They didn't bloom much in there and I finally moved them to the driveway where they did much better. At first I clumped three or five varieties together (this driveway garden was new and pretty unorganized). After a while I realized they weren't pleasing me visually being all clumped together like that. I moved them apart so that each daylily shows off the fountain like clump when it's not blooming. This is a personal preference but if you find there is something bothering you about your daylilys and you don't know what it is - that might be it.

As I ran out of hosta room, I began moving Hostas in between the daylilys. I also began paying more attention to them because I was over there looking at the hostas. As far as how much sun/shade I don't know but it must be right since both types of plants are doing fine.

I do have one variety of Daylily that blooms in the shade. It is really old Flava something or "Lemon Lily". It blooms early, is fragrant and has slender foiliage which is nice. The first picture shows it in shade, left, and sun, right. It doesn't seem to matter.


    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 12:31PM
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sidney1515

Melissa. . I looked for some pictures but could only find one and that with an Asian lily. My pictures have been so unorganized since mom got sick. Sorry sis, maybe I'll come across them later.

McTavish. . your pictures are lovely and a great example of hostas and day lilies! Love them!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 1:49PM
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luvtosharedivs

Mctavish,
I thoroughly enjoyed your photos...excellent mix of Hostas & Daylilies& other beautifully textured foliage plants.

I need to rearrange some of my plantings so there is more of a mix, which will show off more of the difference in foliage shapes & textures.

Melissa,
I could only find one photo that shows the area I described earlier with the sun - sun/shade - sun - sun/shade fluctuations in light throughout the day.

This photo doesn't show all the hostas, as the garden curves around & out of site of the position I shot from. I plan to add more hostas around the edge and amongst the DLs...I think this will take me a couple of years to complete.

Julie

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 6:48PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

We use Oriental Lilies vs. Asian as 1: they're fragrant, and 2: they seem to do better in shade, as far as flowering goes:

hh

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 10:23PM
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sidney1515

Beautiful pic hh and thanks for the tip.. .I'll give it a try.

I found another pic Melissa.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 9:59AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

A good daylily for semi-shade is 'Cedar Waxing'. In fact, it is said to fade if in full sun. Never tried it full sun but it does well with only 3-4 hours direct morning sun and then a rather thick high shade the rest of the day.

'Cedar Waxwing'

tj

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 7:39PM
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sidney1515

Thank you for the tip TJ, I'll look for one. I bought quite a few more daylilies a couple years ago when a garden shop sold out. I had to put them in the far end of my isolation garden because I didn't have time to plant. .I was burning daylight as it was. . lol
The name sounds familiar so I may have it in that bunch. . hope, hope. . . course it could sound familiar because I have Cedar Waxwings that set in a snowberry tree and pass berries down the line. . I get so engrossed watching these cuties that I don't get my gardening finished. .

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 7:01AM
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mctavish6

Sidney, Love the coreopsis peeking out from under the daylily.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 11:31AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

You are welcome, Sidney. I've had the cedar waxwings playing pass the berry in a viburnum and, yes, it is very mesmerizing.

tj

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 6:12PM
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