What has golden yellow blooms and seems to be growing everywhere? Dandelions? Yes, that’s a good answer, but what I’m seeing growing everywhere these days is the daylily, ‘Stella de Oro.’ It’s at the mall, at the gas station, and in gardens all over. I grew it for quite some time, too, before I decided it was overused and common and I should remove it to make room for more interesting flowers.
What makes this particular daylily so popular that everyone seems to be growing it?
It blooms over a long period of time, especially if the spent blooms are removed promptly. In the daylily world, this characteristic of re-blooming makes it stand out from the thousands of other daylilies that only bloom for a short-period of time.
It doesn’t get too big, which is a bonus for smaller gardens. ‘Stella de Oro’ tends to grow about a foot tall and will gradually form a nice-sized clump. It isn’t aggressive or invasive and is often used as an edging plant in some landscape plantings. It can also be planted out to fill in a large area.
‘Stella de Oro’ is also quite easy to grow, which is true of most daylilies. It tolerates a wide variety of conditions, which may also account for its use in public places where plants aren’t generally fussed over. It prefers sunny locations and well-drained soil.
It’s also easy to dig up a clump of these daylilies to spread about the garden and share with others. If you know a gardener who has been growing ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies for a while, chances are she or he has offered to dig up a clump to share with you.
Even though I attempted to get rid of my ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies, the truth is, I could never bring myself to get rid of them completely. I have fewer than I had a few years ago, but I still have a few clumps growing here and there around my garden. After all, it’s easy to grow, doesn’t get too big and flowers over a long period of time. Who wouldn’t want such a plant in their garden?
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