Gail Korn of Garden Perennials, south of Wayne, Nebraska, is a regional authority and collector of daylilies. She is completing her 36thand last year of business. She grows a wide array of perennials and a large daylily collection on the hillside by her business.
“Daylilies grow in any soil, in fifty states,” Korn said. “Fertility of the soil contributes to the health of daylilies. I help the fertility by putting a couple of cups of alfalfa meal in the hole when I plant a new daylily.” She says that alfalfa has many nutrients that benefit daylilies. She also fertilizes the growing plant with Milorganite and says she gets more re-blooms with it.
‘Chicago Apache’ is one of the daylilies from Garden Perennials that grows well in soils and weather of the region.
It’s easy for her to tell apart daylilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies, having grown them; but not this novice.
“Daylilies grow from roots and have grass-shaped leaves that cascade. Other lilies grow from bulbs. Daylilies have a scape, with no leaves on the flower stem. Other lilies have flower stems and flower clusters at the top. Daylilies have a longer total bloom time than other lilies. Asiatics begin blooming in June and Orientals start in July.”
Over the years, I have collected daylilies that bloom mid-late and late. So, even now, I have many daylilies in bloom. Some will be in bloom until frost. People can see the daylilies in bloom but I have photo albums for those not in bloom now. We pot quite a few daylilies grown on the hillside. Some are in ground,” she said. Daylilies are ready for planting.
Garden Perennials is located on Highway 15 south of Wayne, Nebraska, 68787 Contact her at (402) 375-3615. Her website lists lilies and perennials. www.gardenperennials.net Also see her Facebook page.
“Next year I hope to spend time on parts of the garden I couldn’t get to with potting and other parts of the business,” Korn said. “People who come here, tell me the garden is fabulous, but there are things I’d like to change.” Gardens always have new horizons.
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