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Hemerocallis 'Elegant Explosion'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Daylily

From Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing program comes a new reblooming daylily that explodes with dynamite sparkling orange-gold color beginning in midsummer and then again when it reblooms later in the season.  The 4 inch, dramatically recurved blossoms with heavily ruffled petals are produced atop strong, 3-way branched scapes loaded with 22 or more buds apiece.    Use this daylily to create large swathes of vibrant color in the summer landscape.

Daylilies can survive many harsh conditions that other plants cannot including: polluted city environments, slopes, poor and dry soils, near pavement that is salted in winter, and under Black Walnut trees (not affected by juglone).

Intro Year: 2009

Breeder: Chris Meyer

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  20 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Rebloomer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Continuous bloom or rebloomer
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Daylilies are some of the easiest perennials to grow and are a good choice for any gardener, from the beginner to the professional. These are tough, adaptable plants that will grow in any soil, from normal to slightly wet to dry. Older varieties are able to bloom if planted in partial shade, but most of the newer introductions need full sun for best performance. Likewise, older varieties tend to spread more rapidly than the newer hybrids.

All varieties can be divided every 3-4 years by digging up the entire clump and dividing it into smaller pieces with a minimum of 3 eyes each. This can be done in either spring or fall. Plants should be deadheaded for cosmetic purposes, but in most cases this will not extend the bloom time.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Alchemilla mollis
Common Name: Lady's Mantle
3,4,5,6,7
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Whoops-a-Daisy' PPAF
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Buddleia 'Orchid Annie' PPAF
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses' PP24458
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
4,5,6,7,8
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Lobelia speciosa 'Starship Scarlet'
Common Name: Cardinal Flower
6,7,8,9,10
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Campanula glomerata 'Genti Blue'
Common Name: Bellflower-Clustered
5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Autumn Fire' COPF
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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History:

Daylilies were eaten as food in China and Japan.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.