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Top Sun Perennials
A sure floral sign that spring has arrived, the daffodil (Narcissus) typically shows its bell-shaped yellow head in March. Grown from bulbs, daffodils are hardy in growing zones 3-8.
Daffodils need to go through a cold period before they will bloom, and can be tricked into thriving as houseplants by storing bulbs in the refrigerator.
Plant bulbs outdoors in late fall in a full sun location. There are different varieties; early, mid and late bloomers, planting all three types will provide a parade of blooms from March through June.
Plants grow to produce one straight stem with long, narrow side leaves, reaching a mature height of 10-12 inches. Some varieties produce one single bloom; others will deliver double or multiple flowers. Bloom color ranges from white to dark yellow.
Plant bulbs with the pointed end facing upwards. This top sun perennial grows best in acidic, well-draining soil.
Rugged, hardy and beautiful, daylilies (Hemerocallis) are survivors. Hardy in growing zones 3-8, these sun-loving perennials can be seen in almost all growing zones due to their adaptability.
Although each bloom only lasts for one day, the plant will produce continuous flowers for up to four weeks. Selective variety planting and succession planting will keep the blooms going from early spring until the first fall frost.
Easy-care plants, daylilies produce arching foliage that will add a textural element to the landscape even after the plant ceases to bloom. Mature plant height will be between 1-3 feet, depending upon the variety planted. The blooms are large with six petals and can be single or double and come in a multitude of colors.
Ideal for planting in rows or as backdrop plants in a flower garden. Not suitable for use as cut flowers. Plants may need to be divided every few years.