How to Replace Daylilies With Another Perennial
Daylilies are the mainstay of the old-fashioned garden. With bright trumpet-like flowers most commonly found in shades of yellow and orange, this perennial is easy to maintain and is a favorite of many gardeners to pass along to friends. Daylilies thrive in mildly acidic, well-draining soil in full sun. When you plan to replace daylilies in your garden with a new plant, look for plants with similar requirements.
Things You’ll Need
- Garden soil mix
- Perennial plants
- Dig daylilies in the spring when the plants are beginning to sprout. Loosen the dirt encircling the plant a few inches from the emerging plant. Dig deep to get under the root ball.
- Wiggle the plant to see how loose it is in the dirt. Using the spade, continuto work underneath the dense roots until the plant can be lifted out by hand.
- Place the plants in a bucket to either divide and plant elsewhere in your garden, or pass on to another gardener.
- Mix compost and a commercial garden soil mix in your hole. Commercial garden soils are recommended over soil from the garden because they are clean and free of pests or fungal diseases. However, using your own soil with a hefty helping of compost should work as well.
- Dig a new hole to add your new plant. Be sure that you’re replacing your daylily with something with equal soil requirements and in need of full sun. Perennials such as shasta daisies, coneflowers, astilbe, phlox, sedum and salvia are just a few of the possibilities that can replace daylilies in your garden. By filling in the hole left by your daylily and digging a new one, you are mixing in nutrients with the compost and loosening the soil to ensure better root growth.
Tips & Warnings
Daylilies are considered a native flower to most of the northern portions of the United States and into Canada. Visit your local agricultural extension office or full-service garden center for other plants that are native to your growing zone. Native perennials require less water and nutrients and grow stronger than plants not acclimated to your conditions. Natives also provide food for insects, bees, birds and other animals in your area. Planting non-native perennials can be invasive to your mini-ecosystem.
Daylilies can be dug at any time, but there are several advantages to digging them up in the spring–the plants can be transplanted to bloom elsewhere and new plants have plenty of time to establish themselves to better survive for the next growing season.
Do not pull plants out of the ground without loosening the roots first. Daylily roots are tenacious and can sprout new plants in the future if they are carefully removed.