Gentle Shepherd Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd'
Gentle Shepherd Daylily flowers
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Plant Height: 20 inches
Flower Height: 28 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2b
Drought tolerant once established, this selection features lightly ruffled off white flowers with chartreuse colored throats; strong, sturdy stems rise above mounds of green arching foliage; a beautiful addition to perennial borders, beds and containers
Gentle Shepherd Daylily features bold white trumpet-shaped flowers with chartreuse throats at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Gentle Shepherd Daylily is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Gentle Shepherd Daylily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Gentle Shepherd Daylily will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Gentle Shepherd Daylily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.