My interest in Daylilies and Iris-both Tall Bearded and Lousiana, started in 1995. Back then daylilies were mostly sold to collectors, it was my mission to promote them throughout Western Australia and to see them grown in public places. Following this achievement I set about to ensure that at any time of the year a potted daylily could be purchased, and to that end potted daylilies were sold mostly to the Bunnings Stores.
That business and property in Gidgegannup sold and now with copious amounts of land and water a new wholesale bare root nursery has been established in Beverley.
I want landscape architects and landscapers to incorporate daylilies and iris into public landscapes and gardens, this will make for a pleasant change from the usual plantings we see common today.
I also want to supply the stock bare root which eliminates the need for soil, pots and higher transportation expenses. Ultimately this means the product is cheaper and so much easier to handle.
Arguably the daylily is America's favourite perennial plant.
A daylily expert once famously said that “if you can kill a daylily, you should give up gardening!”
Species precede written language and originate in Asia. In one part of China, the daylily plant was used for the emotions-as an outlet for grief. The bright flowers were seen as cheerful and uplifting to the spirit. The plant was used for food and medicine and the strappy leaves when dried was used for craft.
Today there are over 50,000 registered hybrids with patterns, eyes, edges, small, medium, large, double, spider, tall, short and in every colour except blue! A daylily is suited to grow in open sunny positions, with about 6 hours of sunlight. Once established the fan multiplies into a clump which can be divided giving the gardener free plants! As a general rule one fan will increase to a clump of 10 in about 3 years.
TALL BEARDED IRIS
A spectacular mass planting of Iris flowering in spring with their heady perfume and eyecatching blooms standing bold above the fans is indeed a sight to see...upon seeing one such planting, a lady was heard to say “Oh my God, I have just died and gone to heaven!” so taken was she by their beauty. Perhaps it is this beauty that artists try to capture on canvas.
Iris multiply from a rhizome which stores food and water and from which new increase is developed. When not in bloom the architectural foliage is an asset to the landscape and highly recommended. They too come in multiple colours with the blues, purple, white and yellow varieties proving very popular.
Originating from the swamplands of Lousiana in the U.S.A these plants are guaranteed early spring flowering plants. They are suited to bog or water gardens helping to filter waterways. They are however not restricted to wet areas, indeed they grow well on mass in garden beds and are also a source of free plants once they have multiplied.