The Hemerocallis Stella D Ora is under appreciated in today’s home garden. This is due to the over planting in parking lots and commercial areas. Okay I will admit she has gotten too much exposure since she initially came out. But all the assets we loved about her are still present. She is a great re-bloomer, easily multiplies, drought tolerant, has a slight fragrance, and her yellow color is a great accent in the garden. Today I spent the afternoon pulling out all the old foliage and stems that had turned brown. Which I then added to my compost bin and that would be another positive. Stella has put out new foliage over the last month and is starting to bloom again. How could you turn your nose up to a plant that gives and gives all summer long. I have her planted in my raised bed that is located in the front yard. This area gets full sun all day and can be quite dry. Does she care, nope! I have to admit that bed does get neglected in the summer because I prefer the back garden where the shade of my patio beckons to me to sit, relax and enjoy a glass of ice tea on a hot afternoon. Today I decided that I had neglected my front garden beds enough and did some work on the daylilies as well as pruned the old blossoms off the Butterfly Bush. So if you want a great plant that will look good during the summer even if you forget to water it, forget to deadhead it, then the Hemerocallis Stella D Ora is your perfect summer perennial. After all she’s been blooming in my garden for going on five years now. She’s never let me down and she won’t let you down either.
Poor Stella, she gets no respect…