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A Daily Dose of Daylilies

NEW DAYLILIES, Jazz King and Mighty Chestnut

Great for the gardener who doesn't have a lot of time or patience, these perennials aim to please! Blooming throughout the summer, daylilies will add a burst of color to sunny gardens without a lot of fuss. Showy plants produce an amazing diversity of colors and shapes and can be planted spring or fall in just about any location. Daylilies are often referred to as the perfect perennial for lots of reasons. Not only do they come in a variety of colors and sizes, but they also survive in a wide range of climates - with very little care. Daylilies grow vigorously, help suppress weeds, and are virtually disease and insect free. They thrive in full sun or light shade, are drought resistant and tolerate many types of soil. Daylilies are known to bloom from late spring until autumn. They are ideal in flower borders, for massing, as a groundcover or even in containers. As for daylily maintenance, simply deadhead foliage in spring before the plant begins to green up. So be sure to get your daily dose of color with this summer favorite. Check out two new varieties that we adore, Jazz King and Mighty Chestnut.

Jazz Kingboasts loads of ruffled, orange gold flowers with a raspberry red eye and matching edging. Jazz King is a fragrant, profuse bloomer that is a superb choice for the garden because of its extended blooming time. Blooms will stay open for up to 16 hours. Perfect in borders, massed in the landscape or in containers. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Mighty Chestnutfeatures intense russet red-orange blooms with a contrasting plum eye set off by a yellow-gold throat. Produces loads of large 5 1/2" blooms atop emerald green foliage that keeps its healthy green appearance from mid to late summer. Plant in borders or group in the landscape for a pop of color. Plant in full sun to partial shade.

Ignite Your Summer Garden

RED HOT POKER, also known as Torch Lily

If you’re looking to heat things up in the summer garden, look no further! Red Hot Poker, also known as Torch Lilly, offers a firework display of color in the landscape throughout the summer. This perennial features upright, grass-like clumps of long, narrow foliage that produces stems topped with vibrant, color clusters. With shades ranging from orange to yellow, coral to red and even green to near white, color options are extensive. Heights range from 1½ to 6 feet tall, depending on the variety. Most species are evergreen, but some slightly deciduous varieties will reappear in early summer after lying dormant during the winter months. This plant is an ideal choice for any perennial garden, especially when planted in mass. Red Hot Poker does best in full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant.

Here are a couple of our favorite red hot varieties: Echo Mango – a repeat bloomer featuring flower spikes in a soft, warm shade of apricot ascending above grass-like foliage. Blooms last spring into summer and are perfect in beds or borders. Prefers full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant once established. Papaya Popsicle – an all-summer bloomer with a very short compact habit that features flower spikes in bright red and yellow atop grass-like foliage that stays tidy all summer. Ideal massed in the landscape or planted in small gardens or containers. Prefers full sun. A hummingbird favorite!

Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects are good bugs - that means they eat bad bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites that feed on your plants or they provide a benefit to the plants. Ladybugs for instance are great workers in the garden and a single ladybug can eat more than 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Flowers attract other beneficial bugs including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that help pollinate. Caterpillars are also beneficial. When they are preparing to form their cocoon, they will eat aphids. Here’s a list of some of our favorite plants that attract beneficial bugs.

Dill - has feathery green foliage that stands tall in the back of herb gardens. But, don't just plant it there, mix it in with your perennial flowers. It attracts butterflies and ladybugs. Dill has clusters of pretty yellow flowers. Its also a spice for fish dishes or to incorporate in salads.

Salvia – a member of the mint family these blooms offer long lasting color and attract butterflies and pollinators. Salvia is typically a rapid grower and tolerates summer heat with more graceful, spiky blooms. Many colors are available from different types of salvia and these include blues, purples, pinks, reds as well as some whites and yellows.

Lobelia - has brilliant blue or white flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds. Plant them in container gardens and beds that receive full to partial sun.

Agastache - has spikes of tubular shaped flowers and aromatic foliage with a lemon-peppermint fragrance. This perennial is a favorite of ladybugs, butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners alike.

Parsley – This is a favorite of the parsleyworm caterpillar, which becomes the treasured black swallowtail butterfly. White the caterpillar will ea much of the plant, they will not kill so we suggest planting some for your and the soon to be butterflies. Grow in full sun to part shade.

Scabiosa – also known as the Pincushion flower. The lavender blooms look like a pincushion. They bloom profusely from early spring through summer. Plant this perennial in a sunny spot for you and the ladybugs to enjoy.

Coneflowers - Echinacea, or Coneflowers are a favorite summertime perennial that attract ladybugs, butterflies and hummingbirds. Best known as the Purple Coneflower there are many different varieties available today in all sorts of shades of purple, white, orange, yellow, pink, red and peach. Plant in full sun and enjoy these hardy perennials

Coreopsis - is another perennial that blooms profusely through the heat of the summer. While ladybugs and butterflies love it, deer do not and this bloom can be planted in a deer resistant garden. It will thrive in full sun.

Lavender - there are many different types of lavender which will attract ladybugs and butterflies. Their spikes of lavender or blue flowers are also prized for their fragrance. Plant them as a hedge in your herb garden, in a mass in a waterwise landscape or in container gardens in full sun.

Milkweed (Asclepias) - is also called Butterfly weed and is known as a butterfly magnet, but they aren't the only beneficial insect that loves Milkweed, ladybugs do too. The beautiful flowers of Milkweed are either yellow, orange, or red and yellow mixed. Plant them in a sunny spot.

Yarrow - is one of the easiest perennials to grow. Beautiful clusters of flowers in yellow, pink, or white sit atop fern like foliage. Yarrow is beautiful planted in mixed perennial borders and makes an excellent cut flower for drying. Plant in full sun and once it is established it requires little extra water.

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