Hemerocallis 'Always Afternoon' is a luminous early season Daylily which enjoys a profusion of large, 5.5 in. wide (14 cm), perfectly formed, raspberry-pink flowers with an eye-catching plum purple eyezone and a green throat. The sepals are elegantly recurved while the petals are adorned with ruffled edges. The flowers last at least 16 hrs (extended blooms) but no more than 24 hours (thus the common name 'Daylily'), opening up in the morning and withering during the forthcoming night, possibly replaced by another one on the same scape (flower stalk) the next day. Nicely branched (up to 5 branches), 'Always Afternoon' enjoys a heavy bud count (up to 20 buds!). This tetraploid Daylily is semi-evergreen.
- Often called the 'perfect perennial' because of its numerous qualities: showy flowers, drought tolerance, heat stress immunity, ability to grow in most hardiness zones and low care requirements, this Daylily is a remarkable and stunning addition to the garden.
- Blooming from early summer to fall, this clump-forming perennial grows up to 22 in. tall (55 cm) and spreads slowly via rhizomes to 18-24 in. (45-60 cm). Do not hesitate to mix this lovely Daylily with other varieties to prolong their color blossoms in the garden. Native to Eurasia, Hemerocallis includes over 60,000 registered cultivars, so you have plenty of choice!
- Ideal choice for shrub borders or perennial beds, as ground covers on slopes or in containers near the patio.
- Thriving in full sun or part sun in average, moist, well-drained soils, this Daylily is relatively pest free. While it performs well in a wide range of soils, fertile loam is preferred. Tolerates heat and summer humidity, but thorough watering is required to ensure its foliage remains attractive!
- Daylilies attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
- The best time to plant Daylilies is during the early fall or early spring.
- After flowering, remove spent blooms and seedpods to improve appearance and encourage rebloom. When all the flowers on a scape are finished, cut off the scape close to ground level. Remove dead foliage from daylilies as they die back in the fall.
- Bred by Morss in 1987, it won multiple prestigious awards, including the Honorable Mention (1992), Award of Merit (1995), and the Stout Silver Medal – daylily’s highest award (1997)