Poor Stella, she gets no respect…

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.


25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Debbi/kurts mom on August 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I stand by my Stella, but it is over used.


  2. Posted by Jan on August 8, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I like Stella, too. It is such a dependable little bloomer that has a wonderful golden yellow color.

    Always Growing


  3. Posted by Sylvia (England) on August 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I think it is time a bought a Stella. Fortunately we don’t see her used very often by commercial landscapers in the UK yet!

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)


  4. Posted by tina on August 8, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Yup, I agree, a bit abused but still a good plant.


  5. Posted by Meadowview Thymes on August 8, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Makes me want to run out and buy one. (I did not know Stellas had any fragrance.) If something works that well, I don’t think I would mind the overuse.


  6. Posted by Mother Nature on August 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I am for whatever works.:)


  7. Posted by Balisha on August 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Hi PG,
    Stella’s in my garden too. She never fails me. Always a splash of sunshine. I love this plant!


  8. Posted by OhioMom on August 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I like Stella, she is a consistent grower around here πŸ™‚


  9. Posted by Kathleen on August 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I think I’m one of only a very few gardeners who doesn’t grow daylilies ~ if I did, this sounds like a good one.


  10. Posted by Dee/reddirtramblings on August 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    She’s just like the celebrities with too much exposure. Poor Stella.~~Dee


  11. Posted by Mr. McGregor's Daughter on August 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Ah, yes, Stella is the Rodney Dangerfield of Daylilies. I’m glad to know it’s well cared for somewhere.


  12. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    That's how I feel Deb. She's a keeper that's been abused. 😦

    Which is exactly why she gets to stay in my garden each year Jan. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting.

    Sylvia you should definitely add her to the garden, you won't be sorry. And I hope she never gets abused by the landscaping companies in the UK. Thanks for visiting.

    Thanks Tina. I guess everyone is in agreement. πŸ™‚

    She is an easy & carefree plant Linda. You would enjoy her. That's how I feel too. πŸ™‚

    Me too Mother Nature, me too! πŸ™‚

    She is a consistant grower everywhere Mom, that's what makes her a good garden specimen.

    She is definitely a great first daylilly to start with Kathleen. They are all good, but she is easy.

    Thanks Dee, that is a good comparison. She is a celebrity because most people know her by name. πŸ™‚

    MMD – your analogy takes the cake, lol. She is definitely the "Rodney Dangerfield" of daylillies! She gets no respect. πŸ™‚


  13. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Oops, sorry I skipped you Balisha! πŸ™‚ I agree, she is a splash of sunshine in the garden.


  14. Posted by Cindy on August 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Isn’t it a shame when a nice plant gets over planted? As gardeners and plant lovers we are always noticing plants and when one gets over planted it’s as though it makes our eyes numb. I still like poor Stella but thanks to over planting in the area I used to live in I really do not care for agapanthus.


  15. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Cindy, isn’t that a shame about Agapanthus! I would love to have that problem in my garden, lol


  16. Posted by Susie on August 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    In my opinion whether she is over rated or under used or unappreciated, you just can’t go wrong with a plant like that. I’m all for low maintenance and repeat bloomer. Have a great weekend P.G.


  17. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 8, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    That is how I feel too Susie. I hope you have a great weekend too! πŸ™‚


  18. Posted by Dave on August 9, 2008 at 2:53 am

    I appreciate our Stella but they do seem to be everywhere! We have a bunch of them now since the divide so easily.


  19. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 9, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Dave -That means maybe you can bargain with your neighbors or another gardening buddy for something they have you don’t. That’s what I do. πŸ™‚


  20. Posted by garden girl on August 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    I had Stella in my last garden – loved her in spite of her overuse in our area.

    Since moving here I decided on Happy Returns instead of Stella. I like the smaller size of Stellas and their more graceful form. I like the lemony color of Happy Returns and the fact that they’re a bit less common in these parts. I like the rebloom of both. Lately I’m thinking why not have both!


  21. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Happy Returns is a great one too Garden Girl! I love that lemony & slightly ruffled petal. Why not have both, if something works why not use it!


  22. Posted by Rose on August 10, 2008 at 3:15 am

    At last I’ve found someone who shares my love for poor Stella! In June I wrote a post about her for the very reasons you list, and I was surprised by the number of comments I got that mentioned they had torn out all their Stellas.
    I agree, though, that she has been abused by commercial developers–too often planting masses of them with no companion plants and not dividing them every few years.


  23. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 10, 2008 at 5:20 am

    She is a keeper in my books Rose. I’ve never found her to be any trouble. Sometimes people get rid of plants because they are so common, but the qualities we loved in the beginning haven’t changed. I agree she has been overexposed in the commercial industry, but they abuse her not celebrate her great attributes. πŸ™‚


  24. Posted by Beth on August 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I have been neglectful with mine – I wonder if it’s too late to deadhead for another round of blooms?


  25. Posted by Perennial Gardener on August 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Better late than never Beth. I don’t think it would hurt to try. Mine is just starting to push out a new set of buds, I’ve had a few stray blooms so far.


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