The daylilies represent the most extensive collection of herbaceous perennials at the U.S. National Arboretum. Award winning hybrids, species, and the newest developments in daylily breeding reign supreme in the summer. The daylilies are reliable performers, even in the heat of Washington summers. Daffodils and daylilies are the perfect companions in the perennial garden, and the addition of thousands of daffodil bulbs that were formerly growing near the Native Plant Collections in 1999 and 2000 has added a spring dimension of interest to the beds of emerging green daylily foliage. Both require full sun to bloom to their full potential and they politely take turns in the garden. As the daffodil foliage matures and yellows in preparation for summer dormancy, the daylilies grow rapidly, obscuring the waning daffodil leaves. The daylilies also use up soil moisture through the summer months and help to keep the daffodil bulbs from being waterlogged.
Here you can find both the subtle and obvious differences in flower types, colors, and fragrances, just by strolling around on grassy paths that divide narrow beds that invite a close look. Be sure to bring a notebook and pencil so you can note your favorite varieties for inclusion in your own garden. Most visitors may want to spend fifteen to twenty minutes admiring the peony beds, while at least an hour is in order to fully appreciated the beds that are planted with daffodils and daylilies. The collection is not handicapped accessible. The Perennial Collection is located in the National Boxwood Collection and is also very near the Friendship Garden and the Azalea Collections.
Last Updated March 5, 2007 11:26 AM
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