Monday, April 6, 2009

Stabilize a Slope :: Dayliles

"Dreamer in My Dreams"- Daylily Macro

Ah. Those pesky hills and dales that come with living in the foothills. I'm not complaining, mind you. The texture of our landscape is killer. And, sometimes, just challenging.

For those erosion prone spots on our land, I am slowing filling them in with daylilies. Dependable, yet the possibilities of colors and shades keep things interesting. Unlike a lot of groundcovers that are used for slope stabilization. (Not that there's anything wrong with those . . . )

I just bought some daylilies from Parry's Farm through Etsy. "Wineberry Candy" and "Jolyene" varieties. They arrived last week, carefully packaged with a water-proof care sheet - and I planted them this past Sunday.

I will also purchase some Stella D'oro's from our daycare's fundraiser (yes, an over-used daylily, but it was all they were offering as far as daylilies went and I'm hoping that mixing it up with different varieties will resuscitate them in my eyes). And some others will be transplants from around our land.

Daylilies make things happen quickly. Filling in drab spots lickety-split, offering up blooms usually by the first season. Making the sweat equity worth it.

9 comments:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Can I suggest a couple of other cultivars that aren't expensive (one of my own criteria) and are wonderful? If you don't mind reds, how about 'Red Volunteer and'All American Chief?' Both are Stout winners and wonderful daylilies. If you want a good sunfast purple (even here in OK) I love, love, love 'Killer' by Stamile. One of the all-time best in my garden. For a peachy with a wine colored eye, 'Peach Treat' is fabulous. Well, I hope I haven't offended. Those are just four of the standouts in my garden. For a slope, daylilies are a great idea.~~Dee

Amber said...

I've been doing the same exact thing, filling in the slopes with large rocks and daylilies mingled in. One particular hill likes to slide down into the driveway and this has been a big help there.

Lovely photos!

Carol said...

We recently moved from Minnesota to Colorado. Are you saying that I can grow daylilies in this semi-arid desert with soil that can concrete-like if we do not get enough rain/snow? I love to paint daylilies and need my subjects in my garden, plus I have a hill that needs plants.

Anonymous said...

Sounds lovely! But, what about the deer? Or do I remember your saying you were putting up a deer fence?

Betsy

Tracey said...

Dee - No offense at all!! Your thoughts are always welcome and terrific . . . your suggestions are now on my wanty list. :)

Amber - The large rock idea has me thinkin'. Love it.

Carol - You may be able to - I would call a local nursery and if so, you will have such an array of colors to paint! Good luck!

Betsy - Ah, yes, the deer. Our three mighty mutts run a tidy ship in keeping them out. But, I have some tulips coming up and am waiting to see if they become an evening snack!

graduallygreener said...

Lovely photo!

Tracey said...

Thank you GG!!

lotta said...

This is a great idea, and I might have just the spot for it - can't wait to show you. I have stuck daylilies throughout my garden, and sadly (or maybe its good) the most vigurous are always the standard orange ones, whos name I don't even know. They are still beautiful in their own way.

Tracey said...

Lotta - I can't wait to meet you and see your gardens! We'll talk s'more about daylilies, absolutely . . .