Stella d'Oro Daylily

These golden stars of the garden were some of the original hybrids which contibuted to the popularilty of the genus Hemerocallis.

With glowing yellow flowers against dark green leaves,Stella d'Oro works as a refined edging because it is a neat 12 by 12 inch height and width. This long blooming daylily flowers from May to late summer if deadheaded and watered regularly. Planting Stella D'Oro for a massed effect will transform dry or hard to maintain areas in the garden with grassy foliage and twinkling yellow blooms throughout the summer months.

Star Qualities
Although Stella d'Oro is one of the older varieties of day lily it is a dependable re-bloomer, sending up new flowering stalks during the whole bloom cycle and flowering continuously. Each bloom lasts for a day but is replaced by its nearest neighbor the next morning. Stella d'Ora daylily has a light fragrance and is a unique additon to woodsy indoor bouquets. The trumpet shaped flowers contrast frilly roses or compliment other lily forms beautifully. Particularly drought and pest resitant, Stella d'Oro requires very little attention from the gardener and will spread from year to year wherever allowed. In most areas day lilies are deer proof and the yellow flowers would make great follow-ups to daffodils and other deer resistant spring flowering bulbs. Olallie Daylily Garden remarks that Stella d'Oro's qualities became the model for perfection after its introduction in the '70's.

Culture and Care
Like all daylilies, Stella d'Oro may be planted whenever the ground can be worked during the year. New plants started in early spring will bloom that summer. To move plants during fall clean-up, simply lift with a shovel and plant in a freshly dug spot. In moderate climates dayliliy leaves remain fairly evergreen, dying back only in the coldest months but quickly showing re-growth after the turn of the year. To tidy up the plants, clip or pull old stalks and browned leaves. A few stalks left on a plant will provide a stunning seed pod that swells and bursts for winter birds.

Day lily plants do best in sunny conditions, well in a hot climates with some shade and more water, fair in cooler climates with less water. Little water and shady conditions will produce more leaves and a few blooms when the temperature is highest. If planting in very arrid conditions, mulch the bed to retain moisture and water regularly. Fertilizing day lily plants seems optional unless the soil is extremely poor because they thrive in so many conditions on their own. A large bed might benefit with a once a year general fertilizer such as fish emulsion or other natural and organic preparations.